If you wanted evidence of the increasing size of players entering the ranks of professional rugby, you don’t have to go to far. The World Rugby U20 Championship which is currently being played out in Georgia has some giant specimens on show.
In many respects it’s hardly surprising, as the bulk of players competing for Tier 1 sides in the competition are attached to professional sides: be it as part of an academy, on the verge of signing fully professional contracts, or some in cases fully fledged professionals already competing at the top level for their clubs. Both Kirwin Bosch at the Sharks and Zach Mercer at Bath spring to mind.
A few years short years ago if an U20s player tipped the scales at 130kg, it would have drawn considerable attention. Now – while not quite the norm – these monstrous teens are certainly more common place.
The tournament was in fact denied it’s largest specimen. 6’4, 145kg Vaauli Faamausili (that’s nearly 23 stone in old money) was part of the Wallabies U20s who competed in the Oceania U20s competition last month. The Rebels U20s giant is not however part of the squad that is competing in Georgia.
Yet he would not have been the only huge specimen at the tournament. Here’s a run down of the tournament’s largest man-children.
Lucas Martin Paulos Adler
Georges-Henri Colombe Reazel
Alex Falani Fidow
Adam Scott Nicol
Carlu Johann Sadie
Rhys Michael Timothy Carre
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