Paddy Ryan's Super Rugby career has gone from strength to strength across the last couple of years, surpassing 50 caps for his state in 2015 after making, on average, 16 appearances per season since the Waratahs’ inaugural title in 2013. Just two years prior in 2011, Ryan made his debut for the Waratahs before being selected to make his international debut in the first match of Australia's 2012 Spring Tour against France, becoming Wallaby number 866. A 2006 Australian Schoolboys representative, Ryan's rugby career was put on hold for his first year out of school, when he travelled to Ireland. Upon his return to Australia he was fast-tracked into the Junior Waratahs development system and his entry into the Sydney Rugby Union competition also proved successful, playing key roles in winning NSW Premierships in both the Colts competition and then at senior level with Sydney University.