No rest for Waratahs under Gibson

Date published: December 8 2015

Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan admits that training hasn't become any easier under Daryl Gibson following the departure of Michael Cheika.

Ryan and the 2014 champions are working hard in pre-season to get ready for the new Super Rugby campaign – their first with Gibson at the helm.

"I thought we mightn't have had to work so hard now that 'Cheik's' [Cheika] gone, but it hasn't been the case," Ryan told Rugby Heaven. 

"Darryl's certainly keeping that going, it's been good, and they're certainly working us as hard, a few even harder than they have as the last few years."

Ryan is set for a big season in the number three shirt for the Waratahs following the departure of Wallabies tighthead Sekope Kepu to Bordeaux-Bègles in France.

Kepu and Ashley-Cooper, also joining UBB, were key parts of the Waratahs' success two seasons ago and Ryan admitted both internationals would be missed.

"We're going to miss 'Keps' [Sekope Kepu] … he was a great player, and we're going to miss him, for sure. That's the nature of rugby though, guys move on," Ryan said.

"We've had big losses in Adam-Ashley Cooper and guys like that, but I think it doesn't really feel like there have been a lot of changes, because a lot of the guys we've brought through have actually been part of our academy.

"We've brought in Angus [Ta'avo] and Zac [Guildford], so they're new faces, but apart from that, it feels like a lot of the guys that have come in have been from our own academy and system.

"We've still got a few more to come [new faces] but I don't think it's going to feel like a really different group, like it might have, and could have in the past, if we had brought more people in rather than working through the academy system."