A passionate member of the NSW club rugby scene, Hugh Roach has made three appearances for the Waratahs so far including two in 2014 before his starting debut last season. One of the squad's many players who were born and raised in the state, Hugh was called up to join the Extended Playing Squad ahead of the 2014 season having developed a reputation for his uncompromising tackles and fearless approach to the game. During his years attending Newington College, Roach represented the Australian Schoolboys on 11 occasions between 2009 and 2010 and remains as one of the most capped schools rugby players in Australia. In 2011 he was selected in the Australian U20 squad, making three appearances against Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. He earned another four Australian U20 caps when he was selected to play in the 2012 Junior World Championships against Scotland, Argentina and France. He first joined Eastwood as a senior in 2013 where he quickly made a name for himself in the Shute Shield. He was announced as Rookie of the Year during his opening season of the first grade competition, following in the footsteps of previous winners and Waratah teammates Bernard Foley, Jed Holloway and Greg Petersen. His impressive form saw him picked up by the Force where he made his provincial debut against the British & Irish Lions in June 2013.