Sydney, Australia (4E Sports) – Wallabies rookie Will Skelton is expected to be the next big name in rugby since Israel Folau, based on his performance against France in a recent Test match.
Skelton, a towering 6-7 and a massive 309-pound lock, made his presence known in his international debut as the Wallabies crushed France, 39-13, Saturday at Allianz Stadium.
Behind the 22-year-old Skelton, the Wallabies captured their seventh Test victory for the first time since 1999-2000.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie was earlier criticized for selecting Skelton at lock but his decision paid huge dividends as they dominated the French pack throughout the match.
Skelton dominated the French squad for 57 minutes, to the praise of the crowd of 43,188 enjoying the action. He left the field amid a rousing standing ovation.
“I don’t know what (France) did in terms of analysis but he’s a hard guy to handle,” McKenzie said.
“Everyone probably has ideas but when you get out there and he’s hurtling at you it’s not as simple. He’s pretty athletic in the end, he got out of some tricky situations, they put some pressure on him and he handled that pretty well,” he added.
Skelton’s outstanding performance could earn him possible endorsements ahead of next year’s World Cup.
He started playing rugby in New Zealand, where he was born and lived until he was 10, and at the Wentworthville Magpies in Sydney. Skelton started in his current code as a 15-year-old at the Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills.