You can’t take the hipster out of Newtown: city boys battle the bush

What’s the old saying?
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WE WILL ROCK YOU: Tahs players enjoy the bush while practicing their purple cobras. Photo: NICK McGRATH

You can take the boy out of the bush, but you can’t take the bush out of the boy …that’s the one.

Ask any of the NSW Waratahs boys at Lake Burrendong at the moment and the old cliche should read a little bit like this:You can take the boy out of Newtown, but you can’t take the Newtown out of the boy.

That boy, this week anyway, has been Sydney born-and-raised Jake Gordon.

It’s fair to say, growing up in Newtown and going to school in Glebe, the only real association Gordon has with anything west is a Westfieldshopping centre.

And it hasn’t gone unnoticed by his Waratahs teammates this week during their Beach to the Bush tour, trekking through the heart of the central west, centres like Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and then Mudgee for the Tahs clash with the ACT Brumbies on Saturday.

Nine of the Waratahs’ 37-man squad grew up in Country NSW, and it’s Dubbo’sTom Robertson that takes up the rest of the Gordon story.

“He’s a guy who grew up in the middle of the city, Newtown. He hardly sees grass unless it’s on a footy field so he’s quite out of his element,” Robertson says at the end of one of his team’s training sessions at Lake Burrendong.

“We drove past a few kangaroos on our way out here (on Monday) and he said‘boys, did you see those kangaroos, I was so scared’.

“He’s a bit of a city boy.”

But, Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson refused to point the finger and just one of his city boys.

No, he says the entire metro-link throughout his NSW squadwas battling the elements as the club kicks off its 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

“The country boys are right at home. The boys from the east are battling. They’re used to the surf, not the lake.”The Tahs take on the Brumbies from 6pm on Saturday.

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