He’s the 204cm wrecking ball destined for rugby stardom, but the growing aura surrounding Wallabies lock Adam Coleman will be noticeably diminished at the breakfast table this week.
Coleman has been a rare highlight in an otherwise bleak year for the Wallabies, with the 24-year-old showcasing his exciting potential in three appearances for Australia.
The Western Force star scored a try in last week’s 23-17 win over South Africa, and he’s set to retain his starting spot for Saturday night’s Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Perth.
Coleman’s physicality has been a highlight.
But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Coleman, who required 12 stitches to his lip after copping a heavy knock to the face against the Springboks.
The bulky stitches have made it hard for Coleman to eat since then, but he won’t let that affect him when he takes on an Argentinian outfit renowned for their tough approach.
“I can pretty much eat everything – just very slowly. It takes me about an hour to get through a bowl of cereal,” Coleman said on Tuesday.
“The straw is my best friend at the moment.
“It will probably split open again (if I cop another hit there).
“But I’ll be fine. It’s just another stitch. This won’t hurt my performance on the weekend.”
To the outsider looking in, Coleman’s rise has been a meteoric one.
But the 122kg enforcer said it had taken years of hard work to realise his Wallabies dream.
Coleman joined the Brumbies Academy in 2010.
But he didn’t make his first Super Rugby appearance until 2013, when he was called up by the NSW Waratahs as an injury replacement.
Coleman was unable to add to his sole Waratahs appearance.
But he has been a fixture in the Force’s line-up since 2014, with his strong form catching the attention of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.
Australia’s line-out has been a huge problem area during the Rugby Championship, but Coleman hopes he can be part of the long-term solution.
“I’m still learning. I’m still developing in the line-outs, and that’s us as a team too,” Coleman said.
“We’ve got some young guys in our team, and we’re growing as a group. We’re on the way up there.”
Coleman’s try against South Africa came about when he sneaked out to the wing and received a looping pass from scrumhalf Will Genia.
“I just saw some space there. I thought I’d go out there and give it a shot,” he said.
“I think I’ve only scored one try at Super level, let alone Test level. I’m just loving every moment playing for Australia.”