Whitaker Breaks Waratah Record



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Waratahs skipper Chris Whitaker will lead NSW against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday making him the most capped Waratah ever.

Whitaker plays his 116th match for NSW, one more than his former teammate and good friend Matthew Burke.

‘It’s an honour to be in the same company as Matt Burke but personal records aren’t that important to me, it’s the team that counts,’ said a humble Whitaker.

‘I really want the team to share in success and that means we must keep winning and we’ve got another hard game coming up against the Chiefs.’

The Waratahs awoke today to blue skies over Hamilton a dramatic change to the weather in Dunedin last week.

Head coach Ewen McKenzie has retained the same line-up for the Chiefs clash.

‘I thought the team adapted well to the conditions last week and although there’s been a bit of rain around here in Waikato we’re certainly pleased to see the sun out,’ said McKenzie.

‘Our ability to play in wet or dry conditions means we’re not limited by the environment and it’s proof that the Waratahs can play what’s in front of them.’

HSBC Waratahs to Play the Chiefs on Saturday

  1. Benn Robinson
  2. Adam Freier
  3. Al Baxter
  4. Alex Kanaar
  5. Daniel Vickerman
  6. Rocky Elsom
  7. Phil Waugh [v-c]
  8. David Lyons
  9. Chris Whitaker [c]
  10. Mat Rogers
  11. Lote Tuqiri
  12. Sam Norton-Knight
  13. Morgan Turinui
  14. Wendell Sailor
  15. Peter Hewat
  16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
  17. Matt Dunning
  18. Will Caldwell
  19. Stephen Hoiles
  20. Brett Sheehan
  21. Daniel Halangahu
  22. Shaun Berne
  23. Leroy Houston
  24. Ben Jacobs

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