Ryan staying in Sydney

Date published: April 14 2015

Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan has signed a one-year contract with the defending champions, which will take him through to the end of 2016.

The 26-year-old made his Wallabies debut in 2012 and has played for Australia on three occasions, his latest cap coming in Brisbane against France last year.

Ryan, who helped the Waratahs to their maiden Super Rugby title in 2014, is keen to add to his achievements in Australian Rugby thus far.

“I wanted to stay in Australia to be a better rugby player,” he said.

“Pushing yourself in one of the toughest competitions in the world is important for my development and I still feel I have a lot more I can improve on and achieve here in Australia in a high performance environment.”

With competition for a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad heating up, Ryan said that future selection in the national team played a huge role in his decision to re-sign with the Waratahs.

“Playing for the Wallabies is the ultimate for any young rugby player, and I have been fortunate enough to play in a few tests. It was a huge honour for myself and my family. The opportunity to work hard and aspire to play more Tests was a huge factor in my decision.”

“With the current props around, I know we will all be pushing one another to wear the gold jersey at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. This type of environment will only make us better players.”