The Waratahs have named a 28-man squad that will be captained by Brendan McKibbin in a trial match against the Rebels at the North Hobart Football Club this Saturday.
Head Coach Michael Cheika today named the to travel to Hobart on Friday ahead of his side’s first Super Rugby trial match (North Hobart Football Club Saturday February 2 at 5.30pm EST).
The 27-year-old halfback will be assisted by two vice captains in prop Jeremy Tilse and flyhalf Bernard Foley.
The match will also see six new recruits (Ollie Atkins, Cam Crawford, Israel Folau, Luke Holmes, Matt Lucas and Ben Volavola) in action for NSW for the first time.
Also included are 10 players from outside the contracted squad.
Invited to training by Cheika, these promising players are among a number that have been training with the squad since the end of 2012, having being identified as up and coming talent from within the club, school and country ranks.
Waratahs squad to play the Rebels
Michael Alaalatoa (Southern Districts)* ,Richard Aho (Randwick)*, Kotoni Ale (Manly)*, Ollie Atkins ,Peter Betham ,Wayne Borzak (Warringah)*, Tom Carter, Cam Crawford ,Israel Folau ,Bernard Foley (vice captain) ,Grayson Hart ,Michael Hodge ,Luke Holmes ,Rob Horne ,AJ Gilbert (Northern Suburbs)*, Tom Kingston, Matt Lucas ,Brendan McKibbin (captain) ,Tolu Latu (Sydney University)*, Dane Maraki (Manly)*, Elijah Niko (Eastern Suburbs)*, Greg Peterson, Jeremy Tilse (vice captain) Lopeti Timani, Peter Samu (Randwick)*, Will Skelton (Sydney University)*, John Ulugia, Ben Volavola
* Invited players