The Force is strong in our Rory
PACKING into scrums against some of the world's best forwards, Rory Walton has come a long way since his days running onto Advocate Rugby Park as a 15-year-old.
The former Coffs Harbour junior is making his name with the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition and can't believe his luck.
"I'm absolutely over the moon to be playing Super 15 rugby," Walton said.
"It is a dream come true.
"Not many players get to travel the world doing what they love so it really is an incredible opportunity."
Leaving Coffs Harbour to chase his dream in 2003, the lock/back-rower spent time in the Sydney competition for Northern Suburbs before being picked up by the Perth-based Force.
"It was a big step to leave Coffs Harbour however I don't regret it for one minute," he said.
"It is hard to believe it was 10 years ago that I last pulled on a Coffs jersey.
"I was always determined to take my rugby to the next level and it is a great feeling to have made it this far."
Despite moving to the other side of the country for the next step of his rugby career, the 24-year-old said he has enjoyed playing for the Force.
"Perth is a great place to live and there is a really good culture at the club," he said.
"Everyone gets on really well and they have made it really easy to settle in.
"I'm focused on playing my best rugby and hopefully if I keep doing the right things I could one day play for the Wallabies.
"That is the dream of any rugby player in Australia."