The Tumut Bulls have been pretty quiet on the recruitment front thus far, but with round one just 36 days away, they’ve lured a 20-year old English fly-half to the club and Harrison Friswell has his eyes on the vacant 10 jersey.
Coincidentally, Chris Bolton’s departure paved the way for Friswell to make his way to the Bulls.
“My good mate Chris Bolton played here last year and I wanted to come and experience a different type of rugby and try and get some game time at number 10,” he said.
Friswell’s experience in a different rugby environment at Southend Saxons in the National League Three and more recently at Seevic College will be a big boost to the Bulls, and while only young, he’s already had a taste of the big stage.
“My main experience has been in college rugby at Seevic, we had a good cup run and made it all the way to the finals at Twickenham in 2015. We had the semi finals at the Allianz Park where Saracens play, and that was unforgettable. I haven’t found that kind of form since stepping into senior rugby, which is a bit different, but I’ve been enjoying it.”
Although he sees himself as a flyhalf, Friswell is happy to slot into any position as the Bulls continue to build towards 2017.
“I’ll play wherever the team needs me to play, be it at scrum half, flyhalf or fullback, I have experience all over the field.”
He has already been filled in on what to expect in 2017, relying on Bolton and some Australian friends back home to get an idea of what he is in for.
“Chris has told me that it’s pretty physical, more so than back home, and some of my Aussie mates that played in England have told me it’s a faster game; at home there seems to be a lot more emphasis on the defence,” he said.
It’s a far cry from the cold, wet winters of England and Friswell is enjoying every minute of life in Australia, marvelling at his new surrounds.
“I’m in love with it already, back home it’s a bit of a concrete jungle compared to here, all these views that you don’t get where I’m from. The other night I went for a walk because I couldn’t sleep, and it was so beautiful.”