A multiple-premiership winner with the Sydney University club, Tilse made his Super 14 debut against the Cheetahs in Kimberley in 2007, but an abundance of front row talent saw the talented young prop struggle for game time behind Wallabies Al Baxter, Benn Robinson and Sekope Kepu. However in 2010, with the injury-enforced absence of Benn Robinson and Sekope Kepu, Tilse took the opportunities presented to him with both hands and established himself as an important component of the squad. The experienced front rower started his rugby career for the U/12 Maitland Blacks, alongside established Wallabies Pat McCabe and Kurtley Beale. He moved to Sydney to row for the prestigious St Joseph’s College in Hunter’s Hill, but his size and ability saw him quickly drafted into the school’s first grade rugby team. From there, he went on to represent the Australian Schoolboys, Australian U/19 and Sydney University before joining the Waratahs Academy in 2005.
|2007 - 2017