Purple diamonds are some of the precious gem stones on the planet. In contrast to different colored diamonds, they’re pure carbon and fully free from minor flaws and impurities, and there are considered fewer than 30 examples on the planet right now. They register the utmost rating of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness and are the rarest of all colored diamonds.

The Queensland Reds look to have unearthed their very personal, distinctively maroon diamond within the within the form of Fijian-born again rower Seru Uru. The Lautoka native was taking part in for Brisbane Metropolis within the NRC solely three years in the past, however there may be each likelihood that his rugby profession will go hypersonic in 2022.

The Queensland coaches ultimately appear to have settled on his greatest place, on the blind-side flank of the again row. That simply occurs one of many spots which Wallaby head coach Dave Rennie has discovered most troublesome to fill satisfactorily since his appointment after the final World Cup.

Seru Uru was one in every of solely three Queensland forwards to go the complete 80 minutes on Friday night, in a sport has grow to be the traditional contest in Australian Tremendous Rugby – the Reds versus the Brumbies. Solely seven factors separated the perimeters over three video games in 2021, and the match at GIO stadium predictably went right down to the wire, with the Brumbies shading it by 16 factors to 12.

If it wasn’t fairly the Check-match depth that Stan Sport analyst Morgan Turinui instructed: “It’s an identical sport that the Wallabies might want to play in opposition to England in that three-Check collection… Can they stand up to that stage of physicality and depth that Eddie Jones’ males will convey?” , it was a step up from what has gone earlier than over the earlier 4 rounds.

The final spherical of the Six Nations illustrated the distinction. Final Friday, I highlighted the disparity between the typical variety of rucks set by a staff in Australian Tremendous Rugby (78.4) in comparison with their counterparts in New Zealand, and by Six Nations sides (91.6). 

The Brumbies and Reds constructed solely 123 rucks between them in Canberra, in comparison with 162 within the France-England match, and 192 breakdowns within the sport between Eire and Scotland. That speaks on to ball-in-play time: 28 and half minutes at GIO stadium, in comparison with nearly 35 minutes at Stade de France, and over 40 in Dublin.

Six minutes of ball-in-play time (not to mention 12) represents a big cardio crevasse to bridge entire sustaining abilities on the required stage, so Dave Rennie will want some large engines in three-Check collection in opposition to England. Seru Uru undoubtedly has what it takes on that rating.

During the last two video games in opposition to the Fijian Drua and the Brumbies, he has led the Queensland pack in ahead carries (27 carries for 104 metres), with one clear break, six deal with busts, one break-assist and one try-assist thrown in for good measure.

He has captained the lineout, taking up the reins from Angus Scott-Younger and boosting the Reds’ first-touch effectivity from 71.7% (solely the Drua had decrease numbers within the Australian ‘Convention’) to 89.7%. If it isn’t fairly a before-and-after advert, however it’s nonetheless some transformation.

Round Trans-Tasman time final yr, Queensland head coach Brad Thorn was questioning Uru’s bodily edge, and felt he had discovered a minor flaw within the purple diamond:

“Seru, I’ve been difficult him round his physicality.

“He’s an impressive soccer participant however there’s the bodily facet of the soccer sport as effectively – it’s not contact soccer.

“If he will get that bodily facet of the sport, he generally is a nice participant as a result of he has acquired all that different stuff.”

Uru appears to be like to have added muscle, as much as a reported 107 kilos on his lean 6-foot 6-inch body, and he’s getting heartily concerned within the ‘soiled’ areas of the sport – 22 appearances as one of many first three cleanout/counter gamers at ruck time versus the Drua – which can want consideration so as to problem the likes of Rob Leota and Lachie Swinton within the Wallabies. 

None of these impurities tainted Brad Thorn’s newest report card:

“He’s a kind of gamers you play with [who] may have a quantity on their again however they simply do what the staff wants – what must be achieved, they’ll do it.

“Seru learn that play on the very finish [a Drua five metre lineout] however he’s very sensible, a really clever rugby participant – a born footballer I’d say.

“I’d say he’d be the identical in every other sport he performed. He’s a gifted man.

“It’s good the persons are noticing him. He’s doing a fantastic job, and is sweet across the staff.

“The blokes actually like him. It’s good having him on the market.”

The premise of Seru Uru’s sport is lineout athleticism, and on this respect, he enjoys the next ceiling than both Swinton or Leota. On the Reds personal throw, his velocity of elevation into the air is difficult to fight:

Within the first instance, Uru is off the bottom and into the air so rapidly {that a} defensive operator pretty much as good as Darcy Swain has no likelihood to compete:

Within the second occasion, there’s something positively Woki-like within the clear rise and artistically-soft palms because the Reds’ man directs the ball right down to Kalani Thomas at a strain lineout on the Queensland goal-line.

The combination of fast elevation into the air and good studying abilities is what separates the wheat from the chaff at defensive lineouts, and the second of Brad Thorn’s two feedback referenced Seru Uru’s vital steal on the finish of the sport versus the Drua:

Uru’s presence would give the Wallabies three potential defensive lineout consultants alongside Rory Arnold and Izack Rodda, and that might supply loads of flexibility.

‘Flexibility’ is likewise the important thing on assault. Seru Uru has already demonstrated a sometimes Fijian facility to cross, offload and join play within the extensive channels:

His presence would permit Dave Rennie to work Rob Valetini completely by way of the within lanes, the place he really belongs. Intriguingly, it may also tow Queensland hooker Josh Nasser into the Wallaby squad in the midst of 2022. The pair work collectively higher than every other back-row/hooker mixture in Australian Tremendous Rugby, and hooker is one other spot with a ‘Emptiness’ signal on it in Rennie’s squad:

One of many enhancements Brad Thorn most likely appreciates is the diamond-hard nostril Seru Uru is creating for the pick-and-go section:

Each performs are generated by the kind of angled cleanout I noticed in final Friday’s version of Coach’s Nook. Ryan Smith blasts away the final of the Drua ruck-side defence on the left within the first occasion, Jock Campbell opens the sphere definitively within the second:

The street is opened not just for the pick-and-jam by Uru, but in addition for the help line by his scrum-half Kalani Thomas.

The opposite facet which may have happy his head coach is Seru’s contribution at defensive rucks. The France-England Grand Chelem sport amply illustrated the worth of on-ball consultants distributed all through a beginning XV, with steals on the deck unfold round 4 totally different gamers, none of whom had been arguably amongst France’s foremost exponents, hooker Julien Marchand and centre Jonathan Danty.

Captain Michael Hooper urgently wants this type of help on the deck, and Seru Uru can present it higher than both Lachie Swinton or Rob Leota:

Abstract

The Brumbies-Reds encounter at GIO stadium final Friday night was a step up in depth and physicality over what has gone earlier than within the Australian ‘Convention’ of Tremendous Rugby Pacific. However make no mistake, it nonetheless fell effectively wanting the ball-in-play time, and the variety of ruck-builds on present within the Six Nations. 12 extra minutes and 60 additional rucks represents an enormous extra workload.

Australia wants gamers with large engines, who can run a full course for 80 minutes if required. Of the gamers chosen in Dave Rennie’s first Wallaby squad of 2022, Harry Wilson, Lachie Swinton and Rob Leota are the three who supply to fill the quantity 6 spot with the required work fee.

None of them has the athletic abilities, or arguably the footballing intelligence of Queensland’s Seru Uru. Uru will not be but within the squad, however by the tip of the yr it’s well-nigh sure that he will likely be. The trio named might have extra bodily edge in shut contact than the Lautoka man, and that should be weighed rigorously in opposition to Uru’s abilities on either side of the lineout, his work inside and outside with ball in hand, and his potential worth on the defensive breakdown.

Seru Uru is that rarest of gems, a naturally-occurring purple diamond. Now settled within the again row, it’s exhausting to detect any main flaws or impurities in his sport, regardless of the angle. He’s a born sportsman, and the Wallaby teaching group might already be questioning what he would possibly have the ability to obtain on a world rugby subject. The query will not be if, however fairly when he’ll get the prospect to indicate the complete vary of his brilliance.



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