Korczyk getting physical on the way to Wallabies selection

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    The physicality of Queensland Reds forward Adam Korczyk has won him a fan in Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika and a potential shot at world champions New Zealand later this month.

    Korczyk was one of seven uncapped players Cheika named in his 34-man squad for the opening Cup and Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks.in Sydney on August 19.

    Skipper and openside flanker Michael Hooper appears the only certain back row starter for the game, with Korczyk a contender for the other two spots, or a place on the bench.

    With long-serving blindside flanker Scott Fardy going overseas and No.8 Scott Higginbotham out of favour after starting in two of the three June Tests, Cheika has named a clutch of young back rowers.

    That group comprises the Rebels’ Sean McMahon and Lopeti Timani and the Waratahs’ Ned Hanigan and Jack Dempsey.

    Of that group, only McMahon has won more than eight Test caps, with Hanigan and Dempsey just blooded in the June Test campaign

    Cheika is renowned for favouring tough robust players with a hard edge and 22-year-old Korczyk appears to fit that bill.

    “He told me he enjoyed my physicality, I think that’s a big thing with Cheik, he enjoys the physical play,” Korczyk said at the Wallabies training camp at Cessnock in the NSW Hunter region.

    ‘Being a lineout jumping back rower probably helps as well, so you’ve obviously got more options in the lineout.”

    He said Cheika told him he was looking at him as either a blindside flanker or No.8, with the former Korczyk’s preferred position.

    “I’ve played most of my footy at blindside, obviously six and eight go hand in hand sometimes,” said Korczyk, who came to Australia at the age of 12 after being born in New Zealand, where he primarily played football.

    Korczyk’s progress was stalled by a knee injury that wiped out his 2016 campaign, but he managed to turn that enforced layoff to his advantage..

    “I had time to hit the gym a bit more and sort of get my body prepared,” he said.

    “When I made my (Super Rugby) debut in 2015, I was probably s bit skinny but with that year under my belt, thats probably enhanced it a bit more.” has won him a fan in Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika and a potential shot at world champions New Zealand later this month.

    Korczyk was one of seven uncapped players Cheika named in his 34-man squad for the opening Cup and Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks.in Sydney on August 19.

    Skipper and openside flanker Michael Hooper appears the only certain back row starter for the game, with Korczyk a contender for the other two spots, or a place on the bench.

    With long-serving blindside flanker Scott Fardy going overseas and No.8 Scott Higginbotham out of favour after starting in two of the three June Tests, Cheika has named a clutch of young back rowers.

    That group comprises the Rebels’ Sean McMahon and Lopeti Timani and the Waratahs’ Ned Hanigan and Jack Dempsey.

    Of that group, only McMahon has won more than eight Test caps, with Hanigan and Dempsey just blooded in the June Test campaign

    Cheika is renowned for favouring tough robust players with a hard edge and 22-year-old Korczyk appears to fit that bill.

    “He told me he enjoyed my physicality, I think that’s a big thing with Cheik, he enjoys the physical play,” Korczyk said at the Wallabies training camp at Cessnock in the NSW Hunter region.

    ‘Being a lineout jumping back rower probably helps as well, so you’ve obviously got more options in the lineout.”

    He said Cheika told him he was looking at him as either a blindside flanker or No.8, with the former Korczyk’s preferred position.

    “I’ve played most of my footy at blindside, obviously six and eight go hand in hand sometimes,” said Korczyk, who came to Australia at the age of 12 after being born in New Zealand, where he primarily played football.

    Korczyk’s progress was stalled by a knee injury that wiped out his 2016 campaign, but he managed to turn that enforced layoff to his advantage..

    “I had time to hit the gym a bit more and sort of get my body prepared,” he said.

    “When I made my (Super Rugby) debut in 2015, I was probably s bit skinny but with that year under my belt, thats probably enhanced it a bit more.”

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    • August 8th 2017 @ 7:41am
      Adsa said | August 8th 2017 @ 7:41am | ! Report

      I like Korczyk as a player but do not think he is ready for test rugby, Hiiginbotham and RHP are better options than Adam at the moment.

    • August 8th 2017 @ 7:58am
      Waxhead said | August 8th 2017 @ 7:58am | ! Report

      Fantastic – he was a mongrel at training – why did he never show this playing for the Reds all season ?

      • August 8th 2017 @ 8:02am
        Fionn said | August 8th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

        You should know by now Waxhead, results on the field don’t matter, what matters is whether it was a successful period on the training paddock.

        • August 8th 2017 @ 8:11am
          riddler said | August 8th 2017 @ 8:11am | ! Report

          fionn.. you are getting snarky in your old blogging days..

          be positive.. or constructive in the least..

          • August 8th 2017 @ 8:30am
            Waxhead said | August 8th 2017 @ 8:30am | ! Report

            It might be snarky but its also the truth.
            Suggesting that a player start playing with mongrel and hard nosed physicality IS being positive.
            And then a coach showing them how to do it is even more positive.

            Anyone can look a world beater on the training paddock.
            Means zero come game time.

          • August 8th 2017 @ 8:37am
            Fionn said | August 8th 2017 @ 8:37am | ! Report

            I was being facetious and ironic, Riddler, my friend. ๐Ÿ˜›

            I have doubts he is up to international standard yet, but I liked what I saw from Korczyk in the early rounds of SR.

            • August 8th 2017 @ 9:05am
              Dave_S said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

              there was plenty of truth in it Waxhead and Fionn (at least, I was about to post the same) – Cheika seems obsessed with training padock warriors.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 9:06am
                Fionn said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:06am | ! Report

                Yeah, mate, I agree ๐Ÿ™

              • Roar Guru

                August 8th 2017 @ 9:18am
                PeterK said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

                and on the flip side if your attitude is not what he like at training i.e Cooper, Higginbotham, Timani you don’t get a fair go regardless of actual game performance.

            • August 9th 2017 @ 4:06am
              Riddler said | August 9th 2017 @ 4:06am | ! Report

              All good matey..

              Just spot checking on you..

              Looking forward to our completely different views on the no. 10 over the rugby championship. .

              I warn you in advance.. i am going to have my pen and paper ready to do stats live..

              That is if in fact I wake up in time and remember to do the stats ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Roar Guru

      August 8th 2017 @ 9:01am
      PeterK said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

      On the positive side he IS more physical and has more impact than Mumm 2.0.

      Hope he starts ahead of him.

      • August 8th 2017 @ 10:05am
        bib said | August 8th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        As a Reds fan, I have no idea why he is in the Wallabies.

        Then again I have no idea why blokes like Hannigan and Robertson are in the Wallabies…

        • August 8th 2017 @ 10:15am
          Fionn said | August 8th 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

          ‘As a Reds fan, I have no idea why he is in the Wallabies.’

          We could say that about quite a few blokes unfortunately.

          And on the flip side there is an awful lot of people who I don’t understand how they can not be in the Wallabies.

          • August 8th 2017 @ 11:20am
            Dave_S said | August 8th 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report

            Yes there is no way he was better than Higgs for the Reds

            • August 8th 2017 @ 12:59pm
              bib said | August 8th 2017 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

              There is no way any of the selected 6 or 8s are better than Higgers ( or Fardy for that matter).

              • August 8th 2017 @ 1:04pm
                Fionn said | August 8th 2017 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

                Or Ross Haylett-Petty for that matter.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 1:14pm
                Fionn said | August 8th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

                I’d say Timani is on par with RHP actually. The others selected at 6 and 8. Pfft.

    • Roar Rookie

      August 8th 2017 @ 9:13am
      Toulouse Lautrec said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      Not ready. Play the best in each position and let the young guys learn from them.

    • August 8th 2017 @ 9:18am
      Charlie Turner said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      I know he didn’t really say much but I still wish he’d said nothing. When I read the Wallabies talking up their own physicality I hear Olivia Newton John singing in my head.

      Having purged the cynicism I would prefer to see him play rather than Hanigan who was average in the June tests. RHP would be my first choice but he’s playing club rugby.

    • August 8th 2017 @ 10:35am
      Tooly said | August 8th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

      A new strong man joins the circus .
      Ten comments and they sum it up a bloke who did bugger all at game time during the season has become a physicality legend on the training paddock . Douglas was the same when Chekko brought him back . He even tried to get the mild mannered Mumm into cheap shots . I remember when Higgenbotham had all this as well as ability at the Reds he toned it down with the responsibility of the Captaincy at the Rebels .
      Chekko has far too many drones and L platers in key positions . Hannigan has shown very little all year for the Tut Tahs and even less at test level RHP is a far better player .

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