- 23 Age
- 90kg Weight
- 194cm Height
As a boy Jack Maddocks dreamed of playing cricket for Australia. Rugby was merely something he did for fun with his mates. Growing up he received the New South Wales cricketer of the year twice for his age group and was awarded a scholarship to play at the University of Sydney.
Maddocks had a plan after he graduated from school: train hard, turn pro and make a career in sport. He just didn’t think that sport would be rugby if for no other reason that he lost a lot of passion for the game in his final years at The Scots College. Maddocks didn’t agree with the school’s ‘very professional structure’ where there was no freedom to express yourself on the field. Initially Maddocks chose not to play any rugby in his final year in order to focus on study but he ultimately started a handful of games in the third XV. After the 3rds won the 2014 title every member of the team were presented with a medal, everyone that is except Maddocks. He was also inexplicably excluded from the team photo.
Although he didn’t realise it at the time that snub lit a fire inside of him, one that gave him a burning desire to prove mostly to himself, but also others, that he had what it took to make it as a rugby player. In 2016, Maddocks played colts for Eastern Suburbs and was picked for the NSW U20s before he received a call up for the Australian U20s. The prodigiously talented fullback / three-quarter starred at the World Championships and by the end of the following year was selected as one of two development players on the Wallaby Spring Tour.
In 2018 a series of scintillating Super Rugby performances for the Melbourne Rebels earned him a spot in the squad for The Rugby Championship from where he made his debut against New Zealand in Sydney. Signed with the Waratahs in 2020, Maddocks took command of a young New South Wales side at fullback steering them through a tumultuous year before re-joining the Wallabies set-up for The Rugby Championship.
Maddocks represented Australian U20s where he delivered a man of the match performance in the victory over New Zealand prior to the World Championship tournament. Starting at fullback he was the only Australian player to play every minute of all five games at the Championships.
He was one of two development players, alongside Queensland’s Liam Wright, chosen for the Wallaby Spring Tour.
Maddocks won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Dane Haylett-Petty on the right wing in the 13-38 defeat to New Zealand at ANZ Stadium. In that match Maddocks became the 95th Wallaby to score a Test try on debut. A week later he won his first cap in the run-on XV in the 12-40 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park. Maddocks finished the season with a total of seven Test caps.