The Waratahs have confirmed the appointment of Cam Blades to the role of Assistant Coach (Forwards), commencing with the 2016 Super Rugby season.
Blades earned 46 caps for New South Wales during his playing career in the front row with the club from 1997-2001, and played one Test in 1997. He joined Scottish side Glasgow in the 2001-2002 season and played 22 matches for the club until his return to Australia in 2003.
Following his playing career, Blades transitioned into coaching roles with Sydney club Southern Districts, the Sydney Stars (NRC), and has most recently been part of the Australian Under-20 coaching team.
Under his guidance as Head Coach, the Southern Districts First Grade team made the Shute Shield Grand Final in 2012 for the first time ever narrowly losing by a single point to Sydney University.
Head Coach Daryl Gibson said the appointment was an important step in continuing the development of the Waratah pack.
"Cam is very-highly regarded in the rugby community here in Australia, and we’re delighted to have him on board," Gibson said.
"Cam will play a key role not just in his positional coaching capacity, but also with his experience with the Australian Under-20s and working to develop our new crop of young players.
"We have made significant progress with our forwards this year and Cam will be a great asset to continue the development in this area of our game."
A loose head prop, who could also play at tight head and if required, at hooker, Blades was a scholarship holder with the Australian Institute of Sport Rugby Academy in his early playing days, and represented Australia at Under 21 level. He had a lengthy career in the Sydney club rugby system, playing more than 200 games in total for Gordon and Randwick.