Australian men's sevens star Nick Malouf has bolstered the Waratahs stocks ahead of Super Rugby AU, joining the squad after the sevens side was stood down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Available to the Waratahs for the short-term, the Aussie Sevens vice-captain, alongside teammate Angus Bell, provides Waratahs coach Rob Penney a handy option as the side look to turn around their poor season without the assistance of Wallabies veteran Kurtley Beale.
The Waratahs won just one match out of their seven fixtures before the Super Rugby season was suspended and eventually cancelled. With the added loss of vice-captain Beale, the Tahs will need experience and leadership to fill the void, something Malouf easily provides.
The current Sevens vice-captain, Malouf also has experience in XVs via a two-year venture with English side Leicester in the Premiership.
After just a short time training in Sydney, Penney was happy with value Malouf and Bell provided his team.
"They've come into our environment, in what is a double benefit," he said.
"For us, they add a bit of value and a bit of depth and also because the sevens aren't in any formal training, it provides them an opportunity to be part of a team again.
"They've been great to have around, it's been good to have them here for the last sort of 10 days and they're providing what you'd expect from young professional men, it's been good.
"They're certainly available as the season progresses.
"There's an opportunity if they can keep doing what they're doing at training and keep impressing and an opportunity opens up, there's no reason why they won't be considered."