News Article

NSW Waratahs trial team announced

Printable Version Printable Version    Recommend Recommend    Email to a friend Email to a friend

By Waratahs Media Unit

After a long pre-season of hard training, the NSW Waratahs kick off the 2014 season with their first trial match against the Melbourne Rebels in Albury this Saturday, February 1.

Lining up against his old team mates will be Kurtley Beale, back in the light blue for the first time since 2011, when he pulls on the No. 10 jersey on Saturday.  Also starting are fellow newcomers Jono Lance, who joins the Tahs from the Reds, and Australian U20s and sevens player Tala Gray. 

Although technically a Rebels’ home game, the match takes place on NSW territory, just north of the Victorian border.   NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has named a strong starting XV for the game, that he hopes will entice the country rugby community to get behind their state team. 

“A lot of the lads come from the country areas, like those rural communities we’ve stopped at along the way,” said Cheika, of the four-day Waratahs Volvo Community Roadshow the team is undertaking on its way to Albury.  

“Some of those places have probably felt some connection to the Brumbies in the past but if it’s in NSW, we would love the people to want to support their state’s team.  “It doesn’t matter what team or code you follow, if you’re from NSW, you can support the Waratahs.”

With the Rebels having recorded their first win over NSW in six meetings when the teams last met, the game is set to provide a great contest for both teams as they gear up preparations for the new Super Rugby season. 

Adding to the rivalry, will be the presence of NSW assistant coach Nathan Grey, who spent the past three seasons as part of the Melbourne coaching team. 

Said Grey, “It will be great, a good challenge and fun to see all the Rebels players but also be a bit weird to see them on the other side of the fence. I am really looking forward to the game and it will be great for the Waratahs to finally have their first hit out after a long pre season.”

Also named in the starting XV are a number of invited players, including Stephen Hoiles, who will make a much-anticipated return to rugby at the back of the scrum, where he will line up alongside captain Pat McCutcheon and Tala Gray. 

With the game not televised, rugby fans are encouraged to get down to the game.  Tickets are priced from just $17 for adults and $8 for concessions are available now online.  Alternatively, fans can follow the action blow by blow and score by score on twitter, using the #REBvWAR.

NSW Waratahs team to play the Rebels
Pre-season trial match - Saturday 1 February (5pm)
Albury Sportsground, NSW

  1. Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University)
  2. Tolu Latu (Sydney University)
  3. Paddy Ryan (Sydney University)
  4. Greg Peterson (Manly)
  5. Will Skelton (Sydney University)
  6. Stephen Hoiles (invited player)
  7. Pat McCutcheon (captain, Sydney University)
  8. Tala Gray (Eastern Suburbs)
  9. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs) 
  10. Kurtley Beale (TBC)
  11. Matt Carraro (Randwick)
  12. Jono Lance (TBC)
  13. Rob Horne (Southern Districts)
  14. Peter Betham (Sydney University)
  15. Ben Volavola (Southern Districts)

Replacements have yet to be confirmed.


Rebels return to winners circle as Brumbies extend lead
Round five of the Asteron Life Super Rugby competition has concluded with the RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels and the Aquis Brumbies emerging victorious in their Australian derby clashes against the Western Force and St.George Queensland Reds respectively. The NSW Waratahs were beaten by a strong Highlanders outfit in Dunedin.  Read full article...
Asteron Life Super Rugby Preview: Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels

The Western Force return to NIB Stadium for the second time this season and the Honey Badger wants sea of blue fans to “get your carcass on the chair”! In 2014 the Force had a slow start to the season, before finishing off strongly, and they will be hoping for a repeat after winning just one of their opening four matches this season!

Read full article...
Asteron Life Super Rugby Preview: Queensland Reds vs Brumbies

The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!

Read full article...
Asteron Life Super Rugby Preview:  Queensland Reds vs NSW Waratahs
The NSW Waratahs recorded their biggest ever win against the Queensland Reds in July last year recording a 34-3 victory at Suncorp Stadium. Kurtley Beale dominated in attack, scoring two tries in three minutes to set the victory, however the Reds were without influential playmakers Quade Cooper & Will Genia.  Read full article...
Asteron Life Super Rugby Preview:  Aquis Brumbies vs Western Force
The Aquis Brumbies sit on top of the Asteron Life Super Rugby Australian conference ladder, and go into Friday night’s clash against the Western Force as favourites. Read full article...