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It has been confirmed that former St George and Kangaroo winger, Nathan Blacklock has signed a two year deal with the HSBC NSW Waratahs.
He is expected to play his first game of rugby union in the next few weeks.
NSWRU Executive Director John McKay says Blacklock comes to Rugby with a genuine commitment to excel in his new sport.
“This has been a very easy negotiation for us. Nathan is an outstanding footballer who comes to us with an absolute determination to make his mark on the game.”
“There is enormous opportunity for Nathan in Rugby and we are delighted with his approach to the game both on and off the paddock.
Blacklock says he is excited by the challenge that has been put in front of him.
“It's a big challenge, but this is a breath of fresh air for me. Signing with the Waratahs has put a smile on my face, but first up I have set a goal of playing in the Tooheys New Cup that kicks off next week. If I get selected, I'd be playing with and against Super 12 players every week, along a bunch of very good club players who have their sights set on Super 12.
“I am not expecting miracles and I have a lot to learn, but there is no question the World Cup next year is also in the back of my mind. There are so many talented players in the game with so much experience, but life is all about taking up challenges and overcoming the odds.”
The reported figure of $110,000 per year has not been confirmed in today's ARU release.