Skelton won’t soften approach for Waratahs

Giant NSW Waratahs lock Will Skelton has no intention of watering down his aggressive approach following a suspension and questions about his tackling technique.

The Wallabies second rower will return for this Saturday’s final round Super Rugby home match against Queensland after an unsuccessful appeal against a two-week ban for a tip tackle that kept him out of both the Waratahs’ South African games.

“The judiciary found that I was still guilty, so I copped that on the chin and moving forward I think I’ll bring the same intensity I have every game I’ve played,” Skelton said on Tuesday.

“I don’t think I’ve wavered, I’ve changed this year how I’ve played.”

Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson said the coaching staff hadn’t attempted to temper Skelton’s ferocity.

“We want our players to play tough and part of this is being physical,” Gibson said.

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