Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JIM TUCKER

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.

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