WILL SKELTON HAS enjoyed a major breakthrough season for the Waratahs, earning his international debut against France in June.
The lock’s 135kg, 6 ft 8 in frame has attracted plenty of attention, but it is his skill level that has really stood out. He deftly set up a try for Israel Folau during his international bow, while he sublimely assisted Bernard Foley in the Super Rugby semi-finals yesterday.
Powerhouse Skelton is still only 22 and appears to have his best years ahead of him, but he may have his thunder stolen in the near future. There is a new Skelton on the block.
As reported by Georgina Robinson of the Sydney Morning Herald, Skelton’s younger brother, Cameron, has signed for Kiwi Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs.
The 19-year-old second row has been playing with the Waratahs’ U20 side in recent times, but has now accepted an offer to join the Dave Rennie-coached Chiefs, who were Super Rugby champions in 2012 and 2013.
Remarkably, Cameron is even bigger than Will, tipping the scales at over 140kg and standing 6 ft 9 ins tall. Those physical dimensions make him among the biggest players in world rugby, even at his tender age.
The 19-year-old represented Samoa at the recent Junior World Championships in New Zealand, apparently doing enough to convince the Chiefs that he can have a similar effect at senior level to his older brother.
Skelton v Skelton in the second row would be a battle to relish in the coming seasons.