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Cardiff Crackers: Adam Coleman kick-starts Wallabies career in win over Wales

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He has now cemented his reputation as one of the top second rows in world rugby.

Yet when Adam Coleman strolled out onto the famous Principality Stadium turf for the first time 12 months ago it was a very different story.

The towering lock was making just his eighth appearance for Australia and possessed a degree of anonymity on his first tour of the Northern Hemisphere.

Fast-forward to the end of the 80 minutes and a bruising performance featuring 14 carries, 14 tackles and a 32-8 win had truly signalled his arrival on the big stage.

Since then Coleman has established himself as a leader of the Wallabies’ pack, something he showcased with a fine performance and well-taken try in last weekend’s 29-21 win over Wales in Cardiff.

And Coleman has recalled how his experiences on last year’s tour helped set him up to become a star man for Michael Cheika’s reinvigorated side.

“For me personally, it was my first time on a Spring tour which was exciting in itself,” Coleman said.

“Experiencing the Millennium Stadium, the crowd and the atmosphere, was a great occasion. It’s a stadium you hear a lot about, so it was great to be a part of it for the first time.

“It was nice to come away from the win, and it set us up nicely for the rest of the tour. I learnt a lot from it, and it made me a better player for sure.

“For me, it was mainly just the set piece. It’s in their DNA with the Northern Hemisphere teams, and the first two games they really tried to take it to us in our set piece.

“Unfortunately I picked up an injury and had to come home early, but the win in Cardiff and just being in a Spring tour was a great experience for me.

“I’ve got a year more experience under my belt now, but there’s still a lot of senior guys within the squad that I’m learning off.

“I’m still really enjoying my time with the Wallabies. I suppose I’ve got more responsibility with the set piece which I’m enjoying, and I’m lucky to have some great players around me to learn off and to feed off.

“I’m grateful to my team-mates who I play with, and I’m just focused on the rest of this Spring tour.”

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