Daly: Waugh for prop
26 May 2006
Phil Waugh should switch from flank to prop, says former Wallaby front-rower Tony Daly.
Daly, who scored the only try in the final as Australia won the 1991 World Cup, believes it is a move that could pay off for a team that has historically struggled in the tight exchanges.
According to Daly, new Australian coach John Connolly needs to return to “short nuggety blokes” in order to end the team’s front-row woes.
“I played as a flanker in my last two years at school,” Daly told The Daily Telegraph. “I went to Western Suburbs the following year and played first grade at prop. Four years later I was in the Test side. It can be done.”
“Richard Harry was a club flanker before he became a Test prop and Waugh could do the same, especially if he wants to extend his international career. He’s got the perfect physique, he’s certainly strong enough and you could get him to 110kg easily enough.”
“It would take him a season, maybe two. But what an option he’d give you. When I went into first grade straight out of school, I got smashed. I also learned pretty quickly.”