Will Skelton rugby player
Will Skelton rugby player

Will Skelton

3rd May 1992 2.03m/145kg No 5 Lock

Will Skelton, born on 3 May 1992, is an Australian rugby union player who currently plays as a lock for La Rochelle in the French Top 14 competition. Skelton was born in New Zealand to parents of Samoan descent and moved to Australia at a young age.

He comes from a rugby background, being the cousin of former All Black lock Brad Mika.

Skelton discovered his passion for rugby union during his school years and quickly made an impact. He joined Sydney University at the age of 18 and was part of the Colts second XV that won the 2010 Grand Final.

His athletic ability and raw talent caught the attention of the Waratahs Academy, and he earned a spot in the academy straight out of school. Unfortunately, a fractured foot sustained in 2012 sidelined him for a year, but he used that time to focus on his physical development.

In 2014, Skelton earned his first Test cap for the Wallabies in the final Test against France. He made an immediate impact with his imposing physique and powerful playing style. Skelton went on to represent Australia 18 times and even captained an Australian XV against the French Barbarians.

In December 2016, Skelton joined Saracens on a short-term deal and quickly became a fan favorite. His bulldozing carries, offloading game, and committed defense made him a valuable asset to the team. He re-joined Saracens ahead of the 2017/18 season on a two-year deal and continued to impress.

Skelton was named in the BT Sport Dream Team of the Season in 2018/19 and made a total of 77 appearances for the club. During his time with Saracens, he won the Champions Cup twice and the Premiership three times.

Following Saracens' relegation to the Championship, Skelton made the move to the French Top 14 side La Rochelle in 2020. He has made significant contributions to the team, helping them win the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2021-22 and 2022-23.

Skelton's dominant presence on the field has solidified his reputation as a top lock in the game.

Overall, Skelton's career highlights include his successful stints with the Waratahs, Saracens, and La Rochelle. He has won several major titles, represented Australia at the international level, and gained recognition for his exceptional performances on the field.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Skelton has been named in the training squad for Australia.



australia Australia
No 5 Lock
2014 - present
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No 4 Lock
2020 - present
waratahs NSW Waratahs
No 4 Lock
2013 - 2017
image Greater Sydney Rams
No 4 Lock
2016 - 2017
logo Sydney Rays
No 4 Lock
saracens Saracens
No 4 Lock
2016 - 2020
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
No 4 Lock
2022 - 2022