Leota out to repay Rennie’s religion

After recovering from two critical knee accidents in his early 20s, Rob Leota is simply grateful to be part of the Wallabies’ squad.

So it was a lot to his shock when he acquired the nod to begin within the again row for Saturday’s Rugby Championship conflict with Argentina, after incomes his first cap off the bench two weeks earlier than in opposition to the Springboks.

“It was loopy, I acquired caught off guard,” the imposing back-rower stated.

“I didn’t actually get any comms earlier than it, it was a reasonably unreal second and to have the ability to inform my household as nicely.

“My face simply popped up on the display (within the workforce assembly) and I simply froze for a bit… and it didn’t actually click on till the boys began clapping.”

(Photograph by Chris Hyde/Getty Photos)

Sporting a mullet, Leota comes throughout as a softly spoken, light large.

However on the sphere it’s the alternative, which is why coach Dave Rennie has religion the 190-centimetre, 110-kilogram powerhouse from the Melbourne Rebels might be a drive to be reckoned with in opposition to an equally imposing Pumas pack.

“He’s an enormous man, robust ball provider. Has skilled rather well and has been very near choice previously,” Rennie stated.

“We’re fairly eager to reward Rob – he’s been with us full time – and that’s an enormous a part of the choice.”

It’s that backing that has Leota assured forward of his run on debut for Australia and spurs his interior perception that he can fulfil his coach’s funding.

“Once you’ve acquired a coach who believes in you, regardless that I acquired caught off guard, I do know there’s a cause why I’m there,” he stated.

“It offers me loads of loads of confidence that the coaches actually consider in me, again me to do a job and to fulfil my position.”


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