Waugh Returns for Final HSBC Waratahs Clash



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Inspirational skipper Phil Waugh will lead the HSBC Waratahs for the first time since round three when NSW takes on the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

Waugh passed a fitness test on his injured ankle today and declared himself a certain starter after missing 9 straight matches.

‘To say I’m keen to play is an understatement,’ said Waugh.

‘It’s been extremely frustrating sitting on the sidelines and hopefully I can make a worthy contribution to what is going to be a huge game given that it’s Tana Umaga’s farewell appearance.

‘He’s a player respected by his teammates and opposition alike and I’m glad to be part of it.’

The return of Waugh has underlined the selection policy that Ewen McKenzie has employed for the Hurricanes.

‘In a word, experience, that’s what we’ve gone for,’ said McKenzie.

‘This is an important game for us, we want to win it and we’ve picked our most experienced line-up as a result.

McKenzie has opted for the more experienced scrumhalf combination of Josh Valentine (starting) and Brett Sheehan (bench) after both recovered from injury.

Record breaking fullback Peter Hewat will play his 50th match for NSW this weekend.

The HSBC Waratahs will fly to Wellington on Friday morning.

HSBC Waratahs v Hurricanes in Wellington (NZ) on Saturday, 5 May 2007

  1. Benn Robinson
  2. Adam Freier
  3. Al Baxter
  4. Dean Mumm
  5. Will Caldwell
  6. Rocky Elsom
  7. Phil Waugh [c]
  8. Wycliff Palu
  9. Josh Valentine
  10. Sam Norton-Night
  11. Lote Tuqiri [v-c]
  12. Sam Harris
  13. Ben Jacobs
  14. Lachie Turner
  15. Peter Hewat 50th cap for NSW

  1. Tatafu Polota-Nau
  2. Matt Dunning
  3. David Lyons
  4. Tim Davidson
  5. Brett Sheehan
  6. Daniel Halangahu
  7. Chris Siale

  1. Ben Hand
  2. Kurtley Beale

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