Prop commits to 'Tahs

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:58
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NEWS: The NSW Waratahs are pleased to announce the prop, Tom Robertson has committed himself to the franchise for a further two seasons.

The 21-year-old will remain at the Waratahs until 2018.

Just 13 games into his professional career and has already earned the respect of Waratahs’ teammates and supporters alike.

The NSW born forward made his first Super Rugby appearance earlier this year, bursting through three Highlanders defenders to score his opening Waratahs’ try on debut.

His efforts off the field are just as impressive. Robertson is currently one of the highest level athletes to be studying his Doctor of Medicine full-time at Sydney University through their Elite Athlete Program, after finishing his Bachelor of Medical Science last year.

Waratahs coach, Daryl Gibson said he was very pleased to see yet another of NSW’s rugby talents to decide to recommit to the franchise.

"[Robertson] been one of the finds of the season," Gibson said. "His efforts in balancing and managing his studies together with his work on the field is remarkable.

"[Robertson] loves the scrum, and with that attitude, and his willingness to work hard and be the best, the team can only benefit.

"Like many of the new talented players who have stepped up for the 'Tahs this year, [Robertson] is another exciting prospect for us. He has added a lot to the front row and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he continues to develop with the Waratahs,"

Born in Wellington in country NSW, Robertson is considered one of the Dubbo area’s brightest young prospects. The former number-eight-turned-prop has played rugby since under-8 for the Dubbo Roos.

Schooled at one of NSW’s top rugby nurseries, St Joseph’s College, Robertson was selected to take part in the Australia Rugby Union National Gold high performance camp in 2009 at the age of 15. He was called upon to represent as an Australian Schoolboy in 2012 before contributing to the team’s historic 16-14 win over New Zealand Schools in 2013.

A member of the NSW U20, Robertson was also a representative of the Australian U20 in 2014, which saw NSW players make up approximately half of the team, including his current Waratahs' teammates, Andrew Kellaway, Jack Dempsey and Jim Stewart.

Last year, as part of the Sydney Stars Buildcorp NRC side, he held the leading try-scoring spot as a prop.

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