Mat Rogers returns to Waratahs



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Wallaby Mat Rogers has returned to NSW training after three weeks of compassionate leave following the death of his father, Steve, completing the Waratahs’ squad for the first time this year.

Both coaching staff and teammates welcomed his return, “We’re happy to see him back,” coach Ewen McKenzie said. “Everyone knows it’s been a difficult period of time for him and it’s just nice to see his face again.”

His fellow rugby league convert Lote Tuqiri said that he was pleased to have Rogers back, “It’s great to have him back,” Tuqiri said. “Everyone is pretty understanding here. We’ve had a chat, said hello, nothing major. Everyone knows what he’s going through. He’s been welcomed back pretty well.”

“It’s been a long lay-off for him for different reasons, so we don’t want to go bull at a gate and certainly don’t want any injuries at this stage,” McKenzie said. “So we will just ease him back in and see where he is at the end of the week.”

Rogers will also have to wait to see where McKenzie will play him as he might end up with the number 10 on his back while Tuqiri may find he is playing at 13 for some matches.

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