After taking up rugby seriously in his first year out of high school, Maddocks has built a career as a winger and fullback, but many consider his destiny is a No.10 jersey. The Waratahs appear to be thinking about Beale as the short-term answer at five-eighth after Bernard Foley’s departure, but Maddocks could also be considered there.
New NSW coach Rob Penney will be glad of his quality and experience in an otherwise underdone back line. The Waratahs are putting their faith in a crop of talented Junior Wallabies backs, such as Will Harrison, Mark Nawaqanitawase and Ben Donaldson, but with a season-opening fixture against reigning champions the Crusaders in New Zealand looming on February 1, the addition of Maddocks will be crucial.
The Rebels are comfortably set with back line talent, including Wallabies Matt Toomua, Dane Haylett-Petty, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, and the likes of Bill Meakes, Campbell Magnay, Semisi Tupou and Andrew Kellaway.
The two franchises were reportedly in talks about a player swap, with Melbourne interested in Cam Clark and young gun Donaldson, but a Super Rugby source on Wednesday said the deal will end up being more transactional, with NSW compensating the Rebels for their acquisition.
The deal has also involved Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson, rugby.com.au reported.
Maddocks grew up in Sydney, attending Scots College, where he excelled in cricket, picking up the NSW cricketer of the year award twice for his age group and earning a scholarship to play at the University of Sydney.
He took up rugby again after leaving school, playing colts for Easts and progressing under director of rugby Pauli Taumoepeau. That same year he was picked for the NSW under-20s and then the Australian under-20s, going on to play at the World Rugby under-20s Championships.
He made his Super Rugby debut in 2017 for the Rebels and by the end of the year was a development player on the Wallabies’ spring tour.