Hailed as an “unbelievable mover” by World Cup-winning Wallaby Matt Cockbain, speedy Waratahs prop Angus Bell seems to have made the fitting alternative by selecting rugby over different sports activities.
Bell, a member of the Junior Wallabies aspect who reached final yr’s beneath 20 world championship closing, starred within the Waratahs 29-17 Tremendous Rugby win over the Lions in Sydney on Friday.
He confirmed good velocity to attain the Tahs opening strive after two minutes, and produced one other barnstorming run to arrange their second seven minutes later.
“I do not suppose I’ve ever seen that from a prop. The best way he can transfer is unbelievable for a man of his dimension,” mentioned Tahs’ forwards coach Cockbain, who was a part of Australia’s 1999 Rugby World Cup-winning squad.
“He is 120 kilos, rock onerous. He is a muscly child and he is quick as properly.
“He is up there, as quick as most of our again rowers when it comes to metres per second. We all know that, we have onerous information on it
“The child can play, he is received an actual sense of the sport and for a younger man he (additionally) scrummages very properly.”
Bell performed cricket earlier than union and likewise tried his hand at rugby league, however the son of former Wallabies hooker Mark Bell finally solely had eyes for one sport.
“It was all the time rugby union,” he mentioned. “I simply liked the sport, and the morale round it.
“I am privileged to play it at this stage and I am loving each second of it.
“I’ve all the time liked operating the ball, it is an amazing factor to do.”
Bell was not all the time a prop, beginning his rugby life as a back-rower.
“I used to be really a No.8, however I received vertically challenged and placed on a number of kilograms that have been unaccounted for,” Bell mentioned.
“So I moved ahead within the scrum and ended up within the entrance row.”
Bell’s dad Mark is the Waratahs’ scrum coach, though the pair strive to not take their work house with them.
“It is a very skilled relationship, we do not speak a lot rugby at house. We attempt to hold it very separate,” Angus mentioned.
“Having him as a useful resource is superior and I’ve learnt a lot. That is most likely why I’ve progressed in scrummaging rather a lot faster than a number of others have.”