KORCZYK HAS TO DIT CH HIS NZ MONIKER
ADAM Korczyk needs to trade in his “Kiwi” nickname before the Wallabies can even think of picking the abrasive surprise packet against the All Blacks.
Sporting nicknames are not always creative and he is still stuck with the tag because of the 12 years living in Auckland before his doctor father moved the family to Brisbane.
Perhaps, his nickname evolution tells us more about the most unheralded face in the 34- strong Wallabies squad than you might think.
He first copped “Carol Brady” as a moniker when his Reds debut as a 20- year- old stripling in 2015 was made under long blond hair and a headband akin to the TV show character.
His progress in the gym and devouring protein shakes has more recently earned shouts of “Her- cul- e- s” from Reds teammates because of his burgeoning frame.
The new nickname market is wide open just as the Wallabies backrow still is after years of unsettling tweaks from coach Michael Cheika. Korczyk, 22, does possess some of the biggest of backrow assets ... physicality, lineout ability, versatility to play blindside flanker or No. 8, skill over the ball and, er, physicality.
“He’s enjoyed my physicality... that’s a big thing with Cheik and I want to bring it,” Korczyk said.
His career is a 16- game blink of Super Rugby action compared to the 400- plus Tests or Super Rugby games amassed jointly by All Blacks backrowers Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino.
Korczyk is a good one worth a debut later this season rather than against the Kiwis on August 19 in Sydney.
The knee surgery that wiped out last year enabled him to pack on size to be ready when the big game call comes.