Reece Robinson is leading the NSW Waratahs charge in pre-season as he attempts to make a successful switch from the NRL to Super Rugby, according to coach Daryl Gibson.
Robinson, a noted tryscorer in his six years in the NRL could emerge as a wild card for the Waratahs next season given the 2014 champions’ lack of depth out wide.
Gibson acknowledged the former Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders and Parramatta Eels outside back had a lot to learn but he had started strongly since the Waratahs returned to training last week.
“Obviously his first week was very different for him compared to what he is used to,” Gibson said.
“But certainly the last two days Reece is really showing his colours. He is out front and leading most things in terms of the fitness and he is really starting to understand the differences and the nuances.”
Given his successful move to the 15-a-side code Israel Folau shapes as an obvious mentor for Robinson. Gibson said the former Lebanese international could learn from every player who has made the jump across codes before him.
“It is extremely difficult for a league player to transition,” Gibson said.
“But we have a reasonable amount of experience with the league players we have been able to transition successfully and we have learnt from that.
“We are taking it very slowly with him, teaching him the game from the very basics and then we will load that up.
“Coaches are still learning too but I think we are getting better at doing that and I guess that is a good challenge for us as to how we do that and how we do that quickly.”