Will Skelton during a Wallabies team training session.
Will Skelton during a Wallabies team training session. DAVE HUNT

Skelton shows a hunger to succeed with Wallabies

RUGBY UNION: Scotland will face a new-look, trimmed-down version of Wallaby giant Will Skelton on Sunday morning (12.30am AEST).

The monster 2.03m-tall lock has lost close to 10kg, and while he is still nudging 140kg, it's mostly all muscle.

Skelton has struggled with his weight for most of his life and it again became an issue this year during an unspectacular Super Rugby campaign with the Waratahs.

But after being dumped from the Wallabies team following the second Bledisloe Cup loss in August, coach Michael Cheika suggested some changes that quickly cleared his path back into the national team.

The 24-year-old made changes to his diet - which he says essentially amounted to "cutting out the bad, keeping the good”.

"I feel a lot better. I think I wasn't in the best place playing Super Rugby, nutritional wise, and for me to get that nailed down and get into a nice routine ... it's benefited me a lot coming into the Spring Tour,” Skelton said.

His secret?

"Just eat less,” he said. "(I was) just eating at the wrong times and on days off, eating the same amount as what I'd eat in the same day training hard.

"It's not a major change but my body's felt really good.”

Even though he still weighs almost as much as two normal-size people, the powerful-running Skelton has a better mix of lean muscle than before.

Cheika had no hesitation in adding the devastating Skelton to his power-packed bench to face Scotland.

"Will Skelton has done a great job. When he came to us, I don't think he was in the right condition,” Cheika told reporters.

"He's worked hard. Really hard. He's probably put about 10 kilos away and he's in a much better playing shape.

"I want to give him an opportunity to put his mark on the game.” 

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