Tom Lambert signs for NSW Waratahs

Former Scotland Under-20s and Glasgow Warriors loose-head prop has signed a three-year deal with his hometown Super Rugby Pacific franchise

Tom Lambert has signed for NSW Waratahs. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Tom Lambert has signed for NSW Waratahs. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

FORMER Scotland Under-20s and Glasgow Warriors loose-head prop Tom Lambert has signed a two year deal with NSW Waratahs back in his native Australia. 

The 21-year-old, who was born in Sydney, came through the NSW pathways, played for Australian Schools, and was part of the Waratahs academy, before moving to Scotland in 2020. He qualified to wear the thistle through a daily connection and his performances during the 2020 under-20s Six Nations earned a place in the Warriors academy for the 2020-21 season.

It was a frustrating campaign for Warriors generally, but a number of young players stood up to be counted during the Rainbow Cup at the end of the season, including Lambert who was rewarded with a full-time contract for 2021-22.


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However, he missed the start of last season through injury and struggled to break into the team when fit again, meaning he did not feature at all for Warriors during that campaign before being released by the club in May.

“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 abroad 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.”

  • Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday [Tuesday] that tighthead prop Fin Richardson, who played for Scotland during the 2018 U20s Six Nations, has signed a three-year deal with  Exeter Chiefs, having spent the last three seasons playing for Exeter University.

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2 Comments

  1. I agree fully as for years now we bring boys through the system and then parachute in southern hemisphere players at the drop of a hat to take the few places available. The super 6 is not a better standard that the old premiership with the likes of Ayr, Melrose, Heriots at their best and players were playing week in and week out. The SRU under Dobson have systematically destroyed club rugby whilst filling their pockets full and the decline could be terminal as players numbers continue to drop.

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  2. So young Scottish players excluded from the development programme so that Waratahs could develop their own player. What a farce our system is. No wonder player numbers are collapsing

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