New Waratahs recruit Andrew Kellaway has joined the side after an outstanding rugby career to date at junior level.
Kellaway played for Scots College First XV, Australian Schoolboys, Australian U20s, Randwick and the NSW Country Eagles NRC team.
He had an outstanding year in the NRC, and was the leading try-scorer in the inaugural year of the competition.
Kellaway was brought into the Waratahs squad during the 2014 Super Rugby season as injury cover but he did not get a game so is looking to make his Super Rugby debut this year and represent the Australian under-20s again at the Junior World Championship in Italy.
“I think the NRC was a really good transition between, for me, school rugby and Shute Shield to Super Rugby,” Kellaway told the ‘Tahs website.
“I think it is widely know that there is a big gap there, or was, between the standard and the physicality of Super Rugby and Shute Shield, and I think the NRC has done a great job bridging that gap.
“We’ve been going flat out for four weeks straight, and I think it’s been the most intense four weeks of my life. So that probably the biggest change.
“I feel good, very physically fit. I’m probably the fittest I’ve felt in my rugby career so I’m really happy with where I’m at, but there is always room to improve!
“[The biggest challenge] has been maintaining a higher skill level whilst you’re tired, so it’s both of those things at the same time. Whereas in school rugby there’s a bigger tendency to do something good, then have a break, then do something good and have a break. Here it’s like, do something good… again and again and again.
“Maintaining higher skill level under fatigue has been the biggest learning curve for me so far.
“There’s so much experience here. This is really priceless, you can’t learn this stuff from a coach, it’s the stuff you need to learn from blokes who have been here, there and everywhere.
“It’s been really enlightening some of the experiences of the older players in their careers and I can hopefully use that for mine and develop those skills for the future.”