Edinburgh Rugby’s new winger Will Helu has been impressed by the forwards at the club since he joined last month – and he believes they can provide a good platform for him and the other backs to score tries in 2015/16.
The 29-year-old Tongan internationalist is one of three senior signings – along with Michael Allen and Nasi Manu – to have been made so far by the Capital outfit this summer.
And with Tim Visser having departed for Harlequins, the former Wasps man will be expected to give Alan Solomons’ men some firepower when the Guinness PRO12 campaign gets under way in early September.
“The PRO12 is obviously a whole new ball game for me as I have being playing in the English Premiership,” said Helu. “I’ve heard it is a more open though and is a running kind of competition so that should suit me.
“Edinburgh are always known for their forward pack. I’ve watched a few games and the pack has really taken it to the teams. If the backs can really mix it up and do some good work on the top of what the forwards are doing then I think we can be a dangerous team this season.
“It has been good fun so far in pre-season, the boys have been very welcoming and I have enjoyed my time learning a lot.
“It is a new environment and new structures and so forth so that can take a while to get used to, but the beautiful thing about rugby is that if you come into a team and get stuck in then the boys will always welcome you with open arms – you just have to take the opportunity and go for it.”
Helu has played in New Zealand, France, Italy, Australia and England in recent seasons whilst earning 21 caps for his country and now he cannot wait to run out at BT Murrayfield on a regular basis.
He said from the club’s pre-season camp in St Andrews: “I have not had the chance to go onto the main pitch yet, but looking at it from the outside it is amazing. I have had the chance to play at Twickenham and that was a real buzz for me with Wasps, being involved at Murrayfield will be similar.
“When I was growing up, I used to play ‘Rugby 08’ on the PlayStation, and Murrayfield was always one of the stadiums that came up because it is world famous – it is going to be a childhood dream to get out there and get some games under my belt.”
Helu also knows that when Edinburgh’s main men are at the World Cup he will have to help the young players in the squad.
“It is really important for senior squad members to be open, for young players to come up to us and ask us for help and for us to lead by example,” added Helu, who was involved for Tonga when they beat Scotland in Aberdeen in 2013.