Richard Hill is convinced Oliver Tomaszczyk’s steak eating days are behind him and that the young tighthead is now ready to start making mincemeat of opponents.
The 24-year-old is due to make just his third start of the season in Worcester’s mouthwatering Amlin Challenge Cup opener at Stade Francais this evening when he could be up against legendary Argentina loosehead Rodigro Roncero.
And Hill, who has said he will give the former Oxford University front rower more game-time in Warriors’ Pool 1 campaign, believes the competition is the next step in Tomaszczyk’s development into a first-rate prop forward. Indeed the Worcester head coach is impressed with how far Tomaszczyk has come since his days as an exchange student in South America.
“It’s been a massive change for him from being a typical student to suddenly having to be very disciplined with his diet,” Hill said.
“Certainly as a prop forward having been used to eating what he wanted, like steak three times a day when he was in Argentina, he has had a huge lifestyle change.
“To be fair to him he has really taken it on, he has trimmed right down and he’s a different body shape to what he was.
“The key area is to lock the right-hand side of the scrum out. It doesn’t matter what shape you are, whether you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his early days you have got to be able to lock the tighthead.
“That doesn’t come in a season or two it’s going to take a bit of time. Because Tevita Taumoepeau is there he hasn’t had too much time in the league and we now need to give him as much experience as we can.
“That’s the final bit of the jigsaw, if we can get him to learn how to scrum at the top level - and he will to because he listens and is a bright person, if we can get him to do that he is going to be a handful as a prop.”