Waratahs sign McDuling

Date published: December 9 2016

The Waratahs have announced the signing of 13-cap Super Rugby lock, David McDuling for the 2017 season.

Born in Sydney, McDuling has a wealth of rugby experience across the world in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

He has recently returned from New Zealand after contributing to Canterbury’s 2016 Mitre 10 Cup Championship win, scoring two tries in his nine appearances for the side.

Waratahs Head Coach, Daryl Gibson said it was great to have McDuling back in his home town playing rugby for the Waratahs.

“Dave caught my eye with his performances for Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup recently,” Gibson told the Waratahs website.

“To be able to bring a local NSW player with his experience at short notice is a real bonus. As someone with a very determined attitude and leadership qualities, he is a great asset for the squad.”

McDuling was a member of the Australian Schoolboys team in 2007 and the Australian Under 20s in 2009 before he moved to Queensland where he began his professional rugby career.

The 27-year-old lock earned 12 Super Rugby caps with the Queensland Reds, after being named in their side for the 2012 season.

McDuling made his Super Rugby debut in 2014, the same year he played for inaugural NRC champions, Brisbane City, captaining the side in the final.

McDuling then left the Reds to join the Sharks in South Africa, where he played in both the Currie Cup and Super Rugby during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He has since been playing in New Zealand with 2016 Mitre 10 Cup Champions, Canterbury.