New South Wales Waratahs

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Waratahs
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Union Rugby Australia
Nickname(s)Tahs
Founded1882;137 years ago (1882)
1996;23 years ago (1996)
(first Super 12 match)
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Region New South Wales
Ground(s) Sydney Cricket Ground
Western Sydney Stadium
Brookvale Oval
Hunter Stadium
Coach(es) Daryl Gibson
Captain(s) Michael Hooper
Most caps Benn Robinson (151)
Top scorer Bernard Foley (997)
Most tries Israel Folau (60)
League(s) Super Rugby
2018 Semi-finals
1st (Australian Conference)
3rd (Overall)
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The New South Wales Waratahs ( /ˈwɒrətɑːz/ or /ˌwɒrəˈtɑːz/ ; [1] referred to as the Waratahs, are an Australian rugby union team representing the majority of New South Wales in the Super Rugby competition. The Riverina and other southern parts of the state, are represented by the Brumbies, who are based in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Super Rugby rugby union competition

Super Rugby is a professional men's rugby union competition involving teams from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. Building on various Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to the South Pacific Championship in 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations, Super Rugby started as the Super 12 in the 1996 season with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Super 12 was established by SANZAR after the sport became professional in 1995.

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The "Waratahs" name has historically been the name for the New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU) representative team, and became the name for the New South Wales team when it entered the Super Six, Super 10 and Super 12 competitions. The name and emblem comes from the waratah, the state flower for New South Wales. Until 2019, their home ground was Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney. With this closed for demolition and rebuilding, in 2019 home games will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Western Sydney Stadium.

The New South Wales Rugby Union, or NSWRU, is the governing body for the sport of rugby union within most of the state of New South Wales in Australia. It is a member and founding union of Rugby Australia.

Waratah genus of plants

Waratah (Telopea) is an Australian-endemic genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees,it is a bush native to the southeastern parts of Australia. The most well-known species in this genus is Telopea speciosissima, which has bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem. The Waratah is a member of the plant family Proteaceae, a family of flowering plants distributed in the Southern Hemisphere. The key diagnostic feature of Proteaceae is the inflorescence, which is often very large, brightly coloured and showy, consisting of many small flowers densely packed into a compact head or spike. Species of waratah boast such inflorescences ranging from 6–15 cm in diameter with a basal ring of coloured bracts. The leaves are spirally arranged, 10–20 cm long and 2–3 cm broad with entire or serrated margins. The name waratah comes from the Eora Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.

Sydney Football Stadium

The Sydney Football Stadium, commercially known as Allianz Stadium and previously Aussie Stadium, was a football stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. Built in 1988 next to the Sydney Cricket Ground, the stadium was Sydney's premier rectangular field venue for rugby league, rugby union, and soccer.

Amateur era

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NSW team of 1883

The NSWRU (or then, The Southern RU – SRU) was established in 1874, and the very first club competition took place that year. By 1880 the SRU had over 100 clubs in its governance in the metropolitan area. In 1882 the first New South Wales team was selected to play Queensland in a two-match series. NSW would go on to win both the games. That same year the first NSW touring squad was selected to go and play in New Zealand.

Queensland Reds Australian rugby union team

The Queensland Reds is the rugby union team for the Australian state of Queensland that competes in the Southern Hemisphere's Super Rugby competition. Prior to 1996 they were a representative team selected from the rugby union club competitions in Queensland. With the introduction of the professional Super 12 competition they moved to a model where players are contracted to the Reds through the Queensland Rugby Union rather than selected on the basis of club form.

In 1907, several of the New South Wales rugby union team's players defected to play for the New South Wales rugby league team against a visiting rebel New Zealand rugby team. This was essentially the birth of rugby league in Australia.

The New South Wales rugby league team has represented the Australian state of New South Wales in rugby league football since the sport's beginnings there in 1907. Also known as the Blues due to their sky blue jerseys, the team competes in the annual State of Origin series against neighbouring team, the Queensland rugby league team. This annual event is a series of three games competing for the State of Origin shield. As of 2018, the team is coached by Brad Fittler and captained by Boyd Cordner.

The New Zealand national rugby league team has represented New Zealand in rugby league since 1907. Administered by the New Zealand Rugby League, they are commonly known as the Kiwis, after the native bird of that name. The team's colour's are majority black with white and the players perform a haka before every match they play as a challenge to their opponents. The New Zealand Kiwis are currently third in the RLIF World Rankings. Since the 1980s, most New Zealand representatives have been based overseas, in the professional National Rugby League and Super League competitions. Before that players were selected entirely from clubs in domestic New Zealand leagues.

Rugby league in Australia

Rugby league football in Australia has been one of the country's most popular sports since it started being played there in 1908. It is the dominant winter football code in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. In 2009, it was the most watched sport on Australian television eclipsing the AFL nationally for the first time with an aggregate audience of 128.5 million viewers. The elite club competition is the National Rugby League (NRL), which features ten teams from New South Wales, three teams from Queensland, and one team each from Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand.

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The 1906 NSW team

During World War I, the NSW (and QLD) Rugby Unions ceased senior competition. The Queensland body however would not reform until 1929, which saw NSW have more responsibilities for Australian rugby. In 1921 the Waratahs toured New Zealand again, and out of their 10 fixtures, won nine games, including the Test.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

The most famous Waratah team was the 1927/28 Waratahs who toured the United Kingdom, France and North America, introducing a style of open, running rugby never seen before, but which has been the stamp of the Australian game ever since. They won 24 and drew two of their 31 official matches. Seven members of this 1927/8 side were from the Drummoyne Rugby Club. [2] Upon returning home, were greeted with a parade through Sydney and a reception at Town Hall. Matches against Queensland would soon resume also.

Between July 1927 and March 1928 the New South Wales Waratahs, the top Australian representative rugby union side of the time, conducted a world tour encompassing Ceylon, Britain, France and Canada on which they played five Tests and twenty-six minor tour matches.

Drummoyne DRFC

The Drummoyne District Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Drummoyne, New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Its predecessor Glebe and Balmain Rugby Clubs are among the oldest in Australia and today it competes prominently in the First Division of the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union.

The 1930s were a particularly successful time for NSW. The height of the success of NSW is best represented by the defeat of the South African Springboks in 1937 at the SCG. NSW Rugby Union would also perform strongly throughout the following decades as well, which included the emergence of footballers such as Trevor Allan, David Brockhoff, Tony Miller, Nick Shehadie, Eddie Stapleton, Ken Catchpole, John Thornett, Peter Crittle and Ron Graham.

In 1963 the Sydney Rugby Union was established for the growth of the game in the city area. The NSW Rugby Union would celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1974. As part of the anniversary celebrations, a match was played at the SCG on 18 May against the All Blacks, though the Waratahs lost nil to 20.

Professional era

Super 12: 1996–2005

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NSW Waratahs playing the ACT Brumbies

In their inaugural Super 12 season of 1996, the Waratahs won just under half of their games, finishing mid table, with the two other Australian teams finishing above them. The following season of 1997 saw the Waratahs end in a 9th place, winning four fixtures.

In the 1998 season the Waratahs won a best six out of 11 games, ending up in 6th position on the ladder at the end of the season, despite obvious improvements the team had still yet to make a finals appearance. The Waratahs won four fixtures the next season. They won five games in the 2000 season and the 'Tahs finished their season in 9th place.

In 2001 after replicating their 2000 performance, the Waratahs were still out of reach of finals contention, in 8th position. 2002 was a record breaking season for the Waratahs, as the team won eight out of their 11 season games and finished in second place behind the Crusaders – making the semis. However, in the final game of the regular season the Waratahs lost 96–19 (a Super Rugby record). They were defeated by their Australian rivals the Brumbies, 51–10, in the Waratahs' first ever semi-final. The combined score over the two weeks was Brumbies/Crusaders 147 v. Waratahs 29.

In the 2003 season the Waratahs missed a place in the finals, finishing in 6th position on the ladder at the end of the regular season. In 2004 the Waratahs made a promising start to their season with three straight wins. The team finished 8th on the Super 12 table, six points out of the finals. That year coach Ewen McKenzie re-introduced the end of season tour, taking place in Argentina that year. In 2005, they had their best regular season, finishing second in the table, before losing to the Crusaders in the 2005 Super 12 Final.

Super 14: 2006–2010

The Waratahs finished 3rd on the regular season table for the 2006 Super 14 season, in which two new teams entered the expanding tournament, the Force and Cheetahs. In the last home match of the regular season, the Waratahs hosted the Hurricanes, which they lost 14 to 29. The news that star league recruit Wendell Sailor had tested positive to an illegal substance and thus faced a career ending ban from the game was an unwelcome intrusion on the Waratahs semifinal build up. The following week, the semi-finals, they again faced the Hurricanes, though away in Wellington. The Waratahs made their exit, losing 16 to 14. Wendell Sailor later received a two-year ban from the game, marring a season that had promised so much. [3]

The 2007 Super 14 season was the most disappointing for the team and its supporters with the Waratahs winning only three games, against the lions, the wooden spoon winning Reds, and the Hurricanes in the final round gaining a final placing of 13th out of 14. Despite the poor performance the 2007 season saw the emergence of teenage rugby prodigy Kurtley Beale and proved to be a vital rebuilding stage in the Waratahs super 14 championship run.

The 2008 season began well for the NSW Waratahs, with solid pre-season wins and a solid opening game victory against the Hurricanes 20–3. The 'Tahs secured their 500th win since their formation in their Fourth Round match against the Brumbies. After starting the season in a slow but solid manner the 'Tahs began to play their best rugby in their mid season match with the Blues, scoring their first four try bonus point of the season. The Waratahs then continued on a roll finishing their home season with another impressive 4 try bonus point win against title front runners the Sharks, advancing to second place on the ladder. An average South African trip saw the team slip to third on the ladder after only notching up 3 competition points, due to a loss to the Bulls (7 or less BP) and a satisfactory draw against other title contenders the Stormers. The Waratahs faced the Reds in the final round with a win securing second place, combined with a home semi-final win over the Sharks, moved them up to their first Super 14 final against the Crusaders, which they later lost 12–20.

In the last two seasons of the Super14 format, the Waratahs failed to make the final on both occasions after narrowly missing the finals (on points difference) in 2009 and qualifying for the semi-final in 2010. They finished 5th and 3rd in respective years, losing to the Stormers in the semi-final of the 2010 season.

Super Rugby: 2011–present

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Waratahs playing Brumbies in the 2012 Super Rugby

In the 2011 season, the Waratahs again failed to reach the final. On this occasion, their season ended when they were eliminated by the Blues in the qualifying final after finishing 5th in the overall standings in the revamped competition. The following two seasons were very bleak by comparison. Coach Chris Hickey parted ways with the club at the end of the season with Michael Foley taking over the reins for 2012. The Waratahs finished well outside finals contention in 2012 in 11th place. This brought about another change in the coaching department with Michael Cheika for 2013. His impact was not immediate as the Waratahs failed to make the finals for a second consecutive season finishing 9th overall.

Championship season 2014

The 2014 season of the super rugby competition was undoubtedly the Waratahs greatest season so far. The Waratahs not only overcame the Curse of the Tahs, a commonly held superstition, but they were also able to post the greatest super rugby season yet. The second season under coach Michael Cheika saw a new expansive style of rugby implemented which gave birth to exciting running rugby, bringing dwindling crowds back in force with home games averaging at around 19,152 people in attendance .

The running intent of Michael Cheika was quickly revealed after the team saw two fly halves announced in the starting game against Western Force. The Waratahs opening match not only saw Kurtley Beale’s return, scoring one try and having a hand in several others, but it was also a showcase to reveal the Tahs new weapon; Israel Folau. Israel highlighted Michael’s intent scoring a hat-trick of tries in what was soon to be a season of all-out attack by the Waratahs. Not only did the Waratahs score the most points in the opening match out of any team with a 43-21 score, but they also had the second largest winning margin of 22 points.

The Waratahs went on to win the Australian conference with 13 more points than the team that came in at second place, the Brumbies, and came in as the number one team 7 points ahead of the competition. The Waratahs were in the driver’s seat advancing straight through to the semi-finals; the club's 8th semi-final appearance. After the Brumbies defeated the Chiefs 32-30, the Brumbies advanced to compete against the Waratahs. The Waratahs displayed a show of force in their performance against an in-form Brumbies team, decimating them 26-8 granting the Waratahs a home final. The final, held at Stadium Australia, was host to 61,823 spectators who bore witness to one of the greatest spectacles of sport. With two tries a piece, six penalties each, and the Crusaders up 32-30, only one conversion made the difference. The turning point in the game was a penalty at the 79th minute by the famous New Zealand flanker, Richie McCaw 45 meters out. Bernard Foley’s penalty 45m out right in front of the post gave the Waratahs’ a lead 33-32. Maintaining possession till the siren sounded and the ball is placed out of bounds. The Waratahs had finally won a Super Rugby Championship. [4]

Logo and colours

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The waratah is the NSW state flower and emblem of the rugby team

The New South Wales Waratahs commonly play in a Cambridge Blue jersey [5] and navy blue shorts, blue having a long sporting association with the state and a famous rivalry with the red/maroon colour of Queensland. Longtime sponsors HSBC feature on the front of the jersey. The Waratahs wore the HSBC logo for the final time when they played Argentina in August 2013.

The 2014 season saw Volvo as the Waratahs new major sponsor, after a number of years being minor sponsors with 'sleeve presence' on the previous jersey. An alternative white strip is also used. In pre-season of 2006, the Waratahs donned a New Jersey scheme in a trial game against the Crusaders. This system saw traditional rugby playing numbers on the back of jerseys replaced with the initials of the player. The current jersey is made by Canterbury of New Zealand (the manufacturer's logo was covered until 2010) and is Cambridge blue, with the alternate strip being white with navy piping.

Until 1885, New South Wales wore 'heather green' strips. From 1891 to 1897, New South Wales played in scarlet jerseys. The following season, the team adopted Cambridge blue jerseys. The light blue jersey and navy blue pants were established in 1897 and have been in effect ever since. The New South Wales rugby union team have historically been known to represent, the state flower, the waratah.


Sponsorship

In Super Rugby the Waratahs have featured the following sponsors:

PeriodApparel supplierPeriodPrincipal sponsor
1992–2006 Canterbury 1992–1996 Hahn
1996–1997 AAMI
1998–2000 Citibank
  
2007–2009 ISC 2000–2013 HSBC
2010–present  
Canterbury 2013–2015 Volvo
 2016–present Daikin

Stadium

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Waratahs game at Sydney Football Stadium

Until 2019, the Waratahs played at Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) in Sydney's Moore Park. The capacity for the stadium was 45,500. The Waratahs shared the ground with Sydney FC and the Sydney Roosters.

In 2009, the Waratahs signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Stadium Australia which saw them play at least one game per season at the Sydney Olympic Park stadium until 2015. [6]

As well as the SFS, the Waratahs have on occasion played fixtures at other stadiums throughout the state. During the Australian Provincial Championship, in which the Waratahs had two fixtures, the games were taken to the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, and the other to Bathurst. The Waratahs also played trial matches at Campbelltown Stadium in 2008 and 2015. During the 2018 Super Rugby season, the Waratahs played one home game at Brookvale Oval and one at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

With the SFS closed for demolition and rebuilding as the New Sydney Football Stadium, in 2019, three home games will be played at the new Western Sydney Stadium, three at the Sydney Cricket Ground, one at Brookvale Oval and one outside of Sydney at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. [7]

Team song

At the end of every winning game, the Waratahs sing the following song: [8]

"We are the mighty Waratahs
Rough and tumble rugby stars
We play the game as it should be played

Famous when we run the ball
We can scrum and ruck and maul
Playing the game as it should be played

Waratahs, Waratahs
We play the game as it should be played
Famous when we run the ball
We can scrum and ruck and maul
Playing the game as it should be played

We are the mighty men in blue
We will take the game to you
We play the game as it should be played

We’ve got talent
We’ve got heart
We will tear your team apart
Playing the game as it should be played

Waratahs, Waratahs
We play the game as it should be played
We’ve got talent
We’ve got heart
We will tear your team apart
Playing the game as it should be played"

—Waratahs website, Team song

Development teams

The New South Wales Waratahs own and manages two National Rugby Championship teams, the Sydney Rays and NSW Country Eagles. These NRC teams draw on a range of players ranging from fulltime professionals to those on incentive contracts. These teams are closely aligned with the Waratahs and are based at Moore Park, the training venue used by the Waratahs.

Outside of the NRC season, many of these players are retained in the Gen Blue (NSW A) team, which is the Waratahs elite development squad just below full-time professional level. The Sydney Rays and NSW Country Eagles also field Under 19 teams.

Gen Blue (NSW A)

The Gen Blue team plays matches against interstate and international representative teams, and has also competed in tournaments such as the Pacific Rugby Cup. Known by various names over the years including NSW A, Waratahs A, Gen Blue, and Junior Waratahs, the team is selected from the best emerging rugby talent in New South Wales. The squad is composed of Waratahs contracted players, extended training squad members, New South Wales Under 19s, and selected Shute Shield club players. [9]

Under 19

Two New South Wales teams, Sydney Rays U19 and NSW Country Eagles U19, play in the national URC competition. Prior to 2008, state colts teams at under 21 and under 19 age levels were fielded in national tournaments and competitions such as the Trans-Tasman Trophy. [10] These colts teams were consolidated as under 20s ahead of the inaugural World Rugby U20 Championship. In 2018, an under 19 age limit was reinstated for the national colts team competition.

Women's team

In 2017 it was announced that a 15-a-side Australian women's rugby competition was to be played from 2018 and beyond, with the New South Wales Waratahs to have a women's team. [11] On 20 April 2018, the women's New South Wales Waratahs made history by winning the first season of women's 15-a-side rugby, with captain Ashleigh Hewson kicking the winning penalty goal in the ninety-second minute. New South Wales Waratahs Women's were victorious over the Queensland Reds 16–13 at Stadium Australia. [12] [13]

Season standings

SeasonPosPldWDLByeFA+/-BPPtsFinals results
1996 6th11506NA312290+22828
1997 9th11407NA255296−41420
1998 6th11614NA306276+30430
1999 8th11416NA246248−2624
2000 9th11506NA273258+15525
2001 8th11506NA306302+4525
2002 2nd11803NA337284+53739Lost Semi-final to Brumbies
2003 5th11605NA313344−31731
2004 8th11506NA342274+68727
2005 2nd11902NA322174148541Lost Final to Crusaders
2006 3rd13904NA362192170945Lost Semi-final to Hurricanes
2007 13th13319NA266317−51721
2008 2nd13913NA255186+69543Lost Final to Crusaders
2009 5th13904NA241212+29541
2010 3rd13904NA385288+97743Lost Semi-final to Stormers
2011 5th1610062407339+68957Lost Qualifying-final to Blues
2012 11th1640122346407−611135
2013 9th168082411371+40545
2014 1st161204NA481272+2091058Defeated Crusaders in Final
2015 3rd161105NA409313+96852Lost Semi-final to Highlanders
2016 10th15807NA413317+96840
2017 16th154011NA396522–126819
2018 3rd16916NA557445+112644Lost Semi-final to Lions

Note: Byes (worth 4 points) were added to the competition between 2011 and 2013

Current squad

The squad for the 2019 season: [14] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 3]

Waratahs Super Rugby squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped and ST indicated short-term cover.
  1. 1 2 Polota-Nau was not included in the original squad, but was announced as a short-term signing in March 2019. [15]
  2. 1 2 Tasi was not included in the original squad, but was announced as a short-term signing in June 2019. [16]
  3. Israel Folau and John Folau were both originally named in the NSW Waratahs squad, but were subsequently released during the season. [17] [18]
Waratahs Super W squad

Props

  • Flag of New Zealand.svg Evelyn Horomia
  • Flag of England.svg Emily Robinson
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matalena Wison

Hookers

  • Flag of England.svg Tasmin Sheppard

Locks

  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Noella Green
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jemima Henry
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sera Naiqama
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ana-Lise Sio

Loose Forwards

  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Grace Hamilton
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Loretta Mailangi
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Pareake O'Brien

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Katrina Baker
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eva Karpani
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Crystal Maquire

Wingers

  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kennedy Cherrington
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kirrily Laws
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mahalia Murphy
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shanice Parker
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Maya Stewart
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mardi Watts

Fullbacks

  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arabella McKenzie
(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped and ST indicated short-term cover.

    Players and awards

    Award winners

    The Matthew Burke Cup is awarded to the best Waratahs player at the end of each season:

    Coaches

    All head coaches of the NSW Waratahs in the professional Super Rugby era, listed by order of the first game in charge of the team are:

    Waratahs coaches by date, matches and win percentage*
    CoachPeriodGWLD%
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Hawkins199611560045.45
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Williams 1997–19993314172042.42
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Kennedy200011560045.45
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bob Dwyer 2001–20033419150055.88
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ewen McKenzie 2004–20086637272056.06
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Hickey 2009–20114428160063.64
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Foley 2012164120025.00
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Cheika 2013–20154931180063.27
    Flag of New Zealand.svg Daryl Gibson 2016–present5726301045.61
    Totals (1996–present) * 323171147552.94
    Updated to: 28 April 2019

    Notes:

    ^* Official Super Rugby competition matches only, including finals. [19] [20]

    ^† Les Kiss and Steve Tuynman also coached the New South Wales development team on a short off-season tour of the U.K. in September and October 2006, winning two of four matches. [20] [21]

    Honours

    Professional era

    Statistics

    Statistics in this section include only those pertaining to Super Rugby matches (1996–present). They do not include any matches prior to this period (1882–1995). Records for "in a season" include finals games unless otherwise stated.
    Correct as of 26 November 2014. [20]

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    Individual

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    Michael Hooper is an Australian rugby union player who is the captain of the Waratahs in Super Rugby and the national side the Wallabies. His playing position is openside flanker.

    Cam Crawford Australian rugby union player

    Cameron "Cam" Crawford is an Australian professional rugby union player who plays for the Rebels in Super Rugby as a full-back.

    Rugby union in New South Wales

    Rugby union in New South Wales is one of the leading professional and recreational team sports. Rugby football began to be played in Sydney’s schools in the early 1860s. In the more than 150 years since, the game in New South Wales has grown to include more than 100,000 participants and the Rugby World Cup Final has been hosted in Sydney.

    The 2014 Super Rugby Final, was played between the New South Wales Waratahs from Australia and the Crusaders from New Zealand on 2 August 2014. It was the 19th final in the Super Rugby competition's history and the fourth under the expanded 15-team format. The Waratahs had qualified in first place during the regular season, while the Crusaders had qualified in second place. Both teams hosted semi-final matches, with the Waratahs defeating fellow Australian team the Brumbies in Sydney and the Crusaders defeating South African team the Sharks in Christchurch. As the Waratahs had qualified higher, the final was held in Sydney.

    The 2018 New South Wales Waratahs season was the club's 22nd season since the inception of Super Rugby in 1996.

    The 2019 Super Rugby season is the 24th season of Super Rugby, an annual rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR between teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. The 2019 season is the second season using the reduced 15-team format consisting of three geographical conferences since being reduced from an 18-team competition in 2017.

    The 2019 New South Wales Waratahs season was the club's 23rd season since the inception of the Super Rugby in 1996.

    The Dan Vickerman Cup is a rugby union match, initially contested as a one-off match in 2017, and afterwards biannually, in Super Rugby between the ACT Brumbies and the NSW Waratahs. The Dan Vickerman Cup was introduced in 2017 to commemorate Dan Vickerman.

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    Preceded by
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    Super Rugby Champions
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