Reece Robinson's switch from the Parramatta Eels to NSW Waratahs might not have been as high profile as that of fellow code-hopper Israel Folau, but the fact coach Daryl Gibson says he has "enormous faith" in his speedy winger suggests a run-on debut on Sunday afternoon that could be the beginning of an illustrious career for him.
Robinson will start on the wing against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium after making his debut – off the bench – last week against the Highlanders.
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Two rounds before that he was on standby for Matt Carraro, whose wife was heavily pregnant, but Gibson has decided to give Robinson a berth of his own after impressing at every opportunity this year.
"I've got enormous faith in him and I'm sure he'll do very well," Gibson said. "We've seen how exciting he can be with ball in hand. I think if we give him any opportunity where he can finish, I think we'll see that [tries]. We saw last time when he came on he's very capable."
Gibson bit the bullet this week, dropping two Wallabies including Will Skelton – to club rugby – and Wycliff Palu – to the bench – in a bid to get back in the winner's circle after consecutive losses.
Robinson admits it has been frustrating waiting in the wings but he's confident he won't be overawed by the occasion of running out in the starting XV.
"Definitely looking forward to it," Robinson said. "I don't want to get pumped up too early. I just want to be focused on the game ... so not too excited just yet."
The 28-year-old is a man of few words and would rather let his football do the talking.
While there hasn't been an official 100-metre sprint at Waratahs training this year, from all reports Robinson would be odds-on for a spot on the dais.
If he gets into open space, expect Robinson to make the most of it.
"[I want to] hopefully just do my job," Robinson said. "We've got a big emphasis on our own roles and so just go out there and do my job. If I get the ball in that situation, that's it – finish."
Sunday will be, by a long stretch, the most important game of Robinson's brief rugby career to date and he will need to be firing on all cylinders if the Waratahs are to overcome a Reds outfit who have shown vast improvements in their last two games.
There is also the NSW-QLD rivalry to think about, something Robinson hasn't experienced before at a professional level.
"It's an awesome ground," Robinson said of Suncorp Stadium. "Coming from rugby league, you always got big crowds there so it should be interesting. [It's] probably the biggest game I've played in [in rugby]."
The Waratahs' have beaten the Reds in their last five encounters – and conceded just 28 points – but in the five before, Queensland were triumphant.
For NSW to continue their stranglehold over their fierce rivals they need to limit the damage of their Achilles heel that is their scrum.
Queensland's scrum winning percentage of 97 per cent this season is the best of any side in the competition. The Waratahs are the second worst across the board (73 per cent).
The Reds have beefed up their forward pack with the return of Liam Gill and James Slipper and will be a considerable headache for a Waratahs pack struggling for confidence, but if Gibson's men get the ball to what is essentially their full strength backline, now Bernard Foley is back at five-eighth, they should inflict similar pain on the Reds like they did in round one.