Ben Donaldson began the yr battling for the Waratahs’ No.10 jersey, however by July the rising flyhalf may simply be a Wallaby.
The 22-year-old is one among eight uncapped gamers included in a 40-man squad assembly on the Gold Coast throughout the subsequent three days as Australia prepares for 3 dwelling Assessments with England within the July worldwide window.
Donaldson is among the squad’s bolters however earned inclusion with robust type to begin the Tremendous Rugby Pacific season, trying assured within the halves whereas serving to the Tahs to a 4-3 file heading to their first bye.
Talking from the Gold Coast, Donaldson stated he was happy with how he’d commenced the marketing campaign, however acknowledged loads of room for enchancment.
“It was a little bit of a combat there with Harro (Will Harrison) and Tane (Edmed) as effectively, there’s some good 10s on the Tahs in the intervening time which is simply actually good for competitors,” he stated.
“I am moderately pleased with my type, bit inconsistent.
“Clearly, there’s a couple of issues – loads of issues – I am engaged on that I can do higher in video games.
“I am undoubtedly not the entire participant but however one of many principal issues I am engaged on in the intervening time is simply my consistency and particularly as a ten, attempting to restrict some errors.”
Lastly getting some constant taking part in time this season, Donaldson stated he was discovering his toes.
“By way of accidents final yr after which being on the bench previous to that, it is fairly arduous, particularly as a ten, to enhance as a participant whenever you’re not getting 80 minutes,” he stated.
“That is the principle factor, simply taking part in full video games.”
Donaldson faces an enormous process to make the ultimate squad for the England Assessments, with Wallabies flyhalves James O’Connor and Noah Lolesio additionally within the coaching squad and the chance that Quade Cooper might be referred to as up as one among three doable overseas-based gamers.
However he is joined within the squad by a lot of fellow under-20 representatives who steered Australia to ithe last of the 2019 world championship, together with Lolesio, Lachie Lonergan, Angus Bell, Fraser McReight and Harry Wilson.
That inspired Donaldson he was heading in the right direction to establishing himself as one of many nation’s main halves.
“It does make you’re feeling at dwelling, there is a honest few of us right here from the 20s, a variety of good fellas and sophistication gamers who’ve been within the combine with the Wallabies already,” he stated.
“It is extra simply thrilling for Australian rugby generally, shifting ahead with an excellent batch of younger boys coming via.
“On the Tahs as effectively, a variety of boys discovering their toes now and some boys making the transfer into the squad right here.”
Donaldson stated he just lately resumed working after a calf harm and was anticipating to return to the Tahs facet after subsequent week’s bye.
The coaching squad options 15 Brumbies, 10 Waratahs, eight Reds, 4 Rebels and three gamers from the Western Power.