From the Terrorgraph in Sydney. If he wants to run the ball he should pack in the yawnion now…
MEET the fearsome schoolboy rugby pack that is an incredible 30kg heavier than the Waratahs forwards who will start in tomorrow night’s Super 14 clash with the Lions.
While NSW has one of the biggest forward units in Super rugby, they met their match yesterday in big Willie Skelton and his monster teammates from The Hills Sports High School at Seven Hills .
The NSW pack to play at the Sydney Football Stadium tomorrow includes seven Wallabies and tips the scales at an impressive 893kg.
But it’s nothing compared to the heavyweights from The Hills Sports High- including their 142kg 17-year-old second-rower Big Willie- who rack up a total of 923kg.
The youngsters made a real impression on the Waratahs, who could not believe the hulking youngsters who walked into training at the SFS yesterday were studying for the HSC.
“Look at the size of them, they really are a Super 14 pack. When I was at school I think I weighed 98kg,” said Test prop Al Baxter.
"They are big lads, they’re massive. If they play like they look they will be pretty damaging.
“Look at big Willie over there, he is towering over Cliffy [Palu].”
Skelton, who hopes to forge a career as professional footballer, also plays rugby league for the Wests SG Ball side and is still undecided as to which code to pursue.
“I am still iffy, I love both,” he said. “I love running the ball, that is probably one of my main assets.”
Skelton and his teammates got a real buzz from meeting the Waratahs pack and seeing them go through their paces at training.
“It’s good man, it shows the technique and all the skills we need on the field,” said Skelton, who will turn 18 in May.
Big Willie’s team has been selected to represent Australia at the prestige Sanix World Youth Championships being staged in Fukuoka, Japan, from April 27 to May 6.
I would love to see a picture of this kid.
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I watched him play for Wests SG Ball in the first round game against the Raiders. He came on, smashed a small(er) bloke made a break then came off after less than 10 minutes. Didn’t return to the field after his first and last run.
He was struggling to get back in the defensive line.
His a gentle giant…nice kid but fitness is a big problem…I think Rugby Union with all the stoppages is more his go.