Michael Hooper and Jed Holloway are raring to go for 2017, singling out the enthusiasm that has taken the Waratahs’ camp by storm this pre-season.
There has been a large injection of youth into the side since the departure of senior players such as Benn Robinson, Dave Dennis, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Wycliff Palu and Kurtley Beale and the large injection of youth has brought about a lot of enthusiasm around the camp according to Holloway.
“The young guys that are in the squad have brought about a new energy and every one has been ripping in since day one.
There’s a great buzz around the place and we can’t wait for the season to start,” Holloway said.
“Before the Wallabies boys came back from the Spring Tour I felt like that I was one of the more older players around the place.”
“Every chance I get to put on the jersey is a massive honour and I try to make the most of it every time." - Jed Holloway
Michael Hooper has made it clear that the Waratahs’ focus for the coming Super Rugby season is for the side to maintain consistency.
“We need to be able to remain consistent, our first focus will be to do the hard yards both on and off the field so that we can get it right when the match comes around.”
“There’s been some great enthusiasm here from the younger guys, we don’t have too many older faces in here anymore, so it’s really positive to see.”
Hooper was happy to see promising young lock Ned Hanigan re-sign for the next two seasons with the club.
“He’s a big talker Ned, so I think we are going to have to wear hearing-aids soon.
He’s a great character of the club, and it’s fantastic to see him come through the ranks and we are very happy to have him again and look forward to seeing him improve on his debut from last season.”
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