Waratahs boost their pack
TRANSFER NEWS: Waratahs announced the signing of loosehead prop Tom Lambert on a two-year deal, bolstering the team’s front row stocks ahead of their 2023 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
A product of the NSW pathways, born in Sydney and schooled at Trinity Grammar School, Lambert represented Australian Schools and was part of the Waratahs Academy before heading overseas to Scotland in 2020.
Lambert represented Scotland’s under-20s side during the 2020 Six Nations and signed with Glasgow Warriors on an academy contract before graduating to the main team in 2021
The Australia-born prop has spent two seasons with the Warriors and brings invaluable European front-row experience to the Waratahs ahead of their 2023 campaign.
Lambert was delighted to return home and the opportunity to represent the Waratahs.
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“It’s a bit surreal for me to come back and sign for the Waratahs,” Lambert said.
“I was in the Academy here when I left school but made the move to Glasgow to gain some experience abroad and play for the Scotland U20’s side and with the Warriors in the United Rugby Championship.
“The move to Scotland was great for my rugby development, especially my set piece, and something I hope can benefit the team.
“Being born in NSW, I always aspired to come back and play for the Waratahs so I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and cannot wait to rip in.”
Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman said “Tom is a good young prop that came through the NSW pathways and has furthered his rugby development abroad.
“He’s had two good years in a strong professional program in Glasgow and will add valuable depth to our front row stock, particularly on the loosehead side where Angus Bell carried a lot of the load last year.
“We’ve been impressed with the impact that Lambert has been making for Sydney Uni in the Shute Shield since arriving back and we’re looking forward to him developing further in our program.”