New London Welsh signing Lachlan McCaffrey on settling in to life at London Welsh having made the move from Australia and Super 15 Rugby
The first two weeks of this journey have been extremely enjoyable. I arrived on August 5 and spent my first day jet lagged lying around at Old Deer Park watching the boys rip into a big Tuesday session.
I’ll start with a little introduction, and I’ll try and make it very short, as I don’t want to bore everyone.
I was born in Sydney and grew up in a big family with one sister and nine brothers. I’m the third eldest and the range in ages goes from 29 to 3.
Started playing rugby when I was 8-years-old for Eastwood and have been part of the club ever since. There is something I find very special about being part of a club with a great history and culture to it. The highlight of my career was winning the Shute Shield Grand Final in 2011 with Eastwood over a Sydney University team full of super rugby players and wallabies. I think the celebrations lasted nearly two weeks!
It’s a privilege now to join London Welsh, another club with such a strong history and culture.
I played my first Super Rugby game when I was 20 at NSW Waratahs. I left the following year to join the Western Force for two years and then spent last year with the ACT Brumbies.
I love having the opportunity to play rugby as a job, and try to make the most of all the friendships and memories that come with the sport.
The decision to come to London Welsh was a tough one because I’m only 24 and I find it very hard to leave my family any longer than a few days. Although I have realised every great journey has times in it when hard decisions have to be made in order to move forward and grow.
I have learnt quickly that the rugby world in England and Europe is far bigger and more exciting than I ever estimated.
Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere rugby is very separate for rugby players unless you are lucky enough to travel on a European end of season tour or play in a World Cup. This means for the general rugby players in the Southern Hemisphere, such as myself, the enormity of the competitions here is much more than anyone would imagine.
I’m probably starting to get annoying with all the questions I ask about how everything works here, from where the tube goes, to the different competitions London Welsh are playing in this season.
I love the area of Richmond and have been lucky over the last two weeks to spend time with the boys exploring Richmond Park and the nice cafes of High Street. I think I will really enjoy the lifestyle and culture Richmond has to offer.
I have been living with four other members of the squad in the ‘team house’. It’s a typical team house where the Xbox is always on and there are always dirty dishes in the sink. The other boys have been very helpful and really helped me settle into London life.
I’m moving into a place in Richmond this week, which will make life easier walking into training and being close to everything in Richmond and London.
The ‘finding a rental’ experience has been a lot different to back home with all the paperwork and references. Back in Australia as long as the homeowner is receiving money every month, it’s good as gold!!
We played London Wasps on the weekend and went down narrowly but had passages in the game where we built pressure and played some high quality rugby. Although it was just a trial, it was good to get a taste of Premiership rugby.
Another trial game this weekend for us boys verses Pontypridd in Wales. Can’t wait to see Wales for the first time and get down to check out the valleys!
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