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Reds try-scoring sensation Tim Ryan 'riding the wave' of breakout season

Reds' Tim Ryan scores a try during round 11 Super Rugby Pacific match between the Crusaders and Queensland Reds at Apollo Projects Stadium in Christchurch on May 4, 2024. (Photo by Sanka Vidanagama / AFP via Getty Images)

Try-scoring machine Tim Ryan is momentarily putting his Wallabies dreams to the side so he can focus on helping the Queensland Reds have a deep finals run – as well as making sure he has the right boots.


Ryan announced himself as a future star when he scored three tries on his starting debut in Queensland’s 41-34 loss to the Blues in round 10.

The 20-year-old scored two tries in his next game – a win over the Crusaders – and added another try in the round-12 win over the Rebels.

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Ryan was given a “freshener” last week, with just 22 minutes off the bench in a 28-19 loss to Fijian Drua.

But the flying winger has been thrust back into the starting line-up for Saturday night’s crunch clash with the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium.

Ryan, who has scored six tries in six appearances for the Reds, is already on the radar of new Wallabies coach Joe Schmidt.

“Obviously it’s pretty cool,” Ryan said on Wednesday.

“As a young kid I’ve always watched the Wallabies, so it is a big dream of mine.

“But I’m not focusing on that at the moment. We’ve got a bigger job ahead of us … leading into finals.”


Ryan has enjoyed travelling to different parts of the world this season, but it’s also come with some unexpected challenges.

“I learned first-hand playing in NZ that the field’s completely different,” he said.

“I was wearing my plastic studs and I was slipping all over the place, and we had to get some metal studs on as soon as possible.

“It’s been great travelling all around the world playing rugby, and I’m loving it.”


Reds coach Les Kiss lavished praise on Ryan, who has the nickname “Junkyard Dog”.

“What we’ve seen from (him) is more than exciting. You just relish the prospects of what’s going to be in the future,” Kiss said.

“It’s not like he’s just finished the last (phase) in the movement, he’s created opportunities as well.

“He’s a good man, very coachable.

“He does the little things very well, and he has a sniff for the tryline.”

Ryan said he is just “riding the wave” of his debut season, and is glad he followed in the footsteps of his father in choosing union over league.

“I had a little bit of a decision to make about whether I wanted to go into league or union,” Ryan said.

“I made the decision to go into union following what my dad did.

“He played at Brothers, so I went into Brothers.

“I haven’t looked back after that. I don’t regret anything, I’m loving it.”


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