|New South Wales Waratahs|
|Founded||1882 (first NSW match)|
1996 (Super 12 begins)
|Union||Australian Rugby Union|
|Region||New South Wales|
|Ground(s)||Sydney Football Stadium|
|Captain||Rocky Elsom & Phil Waugh|
The New South Wales Waratahs (referred to as HSBC Waratahs for sponsorship reasons, the Waratahs or simply the 'Tahs) are an Australian rugby union football team, representing most of New South Wales in the Super 14 (formerly Super 12) competition—though not the Riverina or other southern parts of the state, which are represented by the Brumbies, who are based in Canberra and owned by the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union. The Australian Rugby Union (ARU is the governing body of Rugby union in Australia. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The Sydney Football Stadium (colloquially known as SFS, and formerly known as Aussie Stadium between 2002 and mid-2007 is located in Moore Park, in Ewen James Andrew McKenzie, born on June 21 1965 in Melbourne, is a former Australian Rugby Union. Rocky Elsom (born 14 February, 1983 in Melbourne) is an Australian Rugby union footballer (once Rugby League Phil Waugh (born 22 September 1979 in Sydney is an Australian Rugby union player widely regarded as one of the world's leading flankers. The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The 2008 Super 14 season started in February 2008 with pre-season matches held from mid-January HSBC Holdings plc ( (,,,) is a Public limited company incorporated in England and Wales, headquartered in London. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The Riverina is an agricultural region of south-western New South Wales (NSW Australia The Brumbies (formerly known as the ACT Brumbies, for sponsorship reasons referred to as CA Brumbies) are a Super 14 Rugby union team
The Waratahs 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 New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU is the organisation responsible for the sport of Rugby union in most of the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Super 10 was a Rugby union tournament featuring ten teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tonga and Western Samoa The name and emblem comes from the Waratah, the state flower for New South Wales. Waratah ( Telopea) is a genus of five species of large Shrubs or small Trees in the Proteaceae, native to southeastern Australia Their home ground is Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park in Sydney. The Sydney Football Stadium (colloquially known as SFS, and formerly known as Aussie Stadium between 2002 and mid-2007 is located in Moore Park, in Moore Park is a large area of parkland in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4
The SNWRU (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. The Queensland Reds (for sponsorship reasons referred to as QR Queensland Reds) represent Queensland in the sport of Rugby union. NSW would go onto win both the games.
That same year the first NSW touring squad was selected to go and play in New Zealand. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island During World War I, the NSW (and QLD) Rugby Unions ceased senior competition. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All 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.
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. When the selectors sat down to choose the immortal 1927/8 Waratahs, they picked no less than seven from the Drummoyne Rugby Club. Upon returning home, were greeted with a parade through Sydney and a reception at Town Hall. Matches against Queensland would soon resume also.
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. The South Africa national Rugby union team (commonly referred to as the Springboks in English Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko 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 May 18 against the All Blacks, though the Waratahs lost nil to 20. The All Blacks are New Zealand's national team in Rugby union, the country's National sport.
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 Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The 1996 season of the Super 12, the Rugby union competition was the inaugural season and was won by the Auckland Blues. The following season of 1997 saw the Waratahs end in a 9th place, winning four fixtures. The 1997 season of the Super 12, the international Rugby union competition was the second of its kind with the 1996 season being the first that the tournament had run
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 1998 Super 12 season was won by New Zealand side the Canterbury Crusaders after defeating the Auckland Blues in the final 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. The 2000 Super 12 season was a Rugby union competition contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from February
In 2001 the Waratahs won the same amount of games as the 2000 season but finished, still out of reach of finals contention, in 8th position. The 2001 season of the Super 12, the international Rugby union competition was contested from February through to May and was won by the ACT Brumbies, who beat 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. The 2002 Super 12 season was won by the Crusaders, who defeated the Brumbies in the 2002 Super 12 Final. They were defeated by their Australian rivals the Brumbies, 51-10, in the Waratahs first ever semi-final.
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. The 2003 Super 12 season was won by the Blues, who defeated the Crusaders in the final In 2004 the Waratahs made a promising start to their season with three straight wins. The Super 12 is a Rugby union competition between teams from Australia South Africa and New Zealand 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. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. In 2005, they had their best regular season, finishing second in the table, before losing to the Crusaders in the 2005 Super 12 Final. The 2005 season of the Super 12 rugby union competition began on 25 February 2005 and ended on 28 May with the Canterbury-based Crusaders
The Waratahs finished 3rd on the regular season table for the 2006 Super 14 season, in which two new teams entered the expanded tournament, the Force and Central Cheetahs. The 2006 Super 14 season started on Friday February 10 2006. The Grand Final was held on Saturday May 27 Western Force is a Rugby union team based in Perth, Western Australia playing in the international Super 14 competition The Central Cheetahs, known for sponsorship reasons as Vodacom Cheetahs, is a South African Super 14 rugby union franchise that entered the competition In the last home match of the regular season, the Waratahs hosted the Hurricanes, which they lost 14 to 29. The Hurricanes (formerly known as the Wellington Hurricanes) are a New Zealand Rugby Union team based in Wellington, New Zealand that 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. Wendell Jermaine Sailor (born 16 July, 1974 in Sarina Queensland) is an Australian professional Rugby football player who has represented The following week, the semi-finals, they again faced the Hurricanes, though away in Wellington. Wellington (ˈwælɪŋtən is the Capital of New Zealand, the country's second largest urban area, the 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. 
The 2007 super 14 season was the most disappointing for the team and its supporters with the Waratahs winning only two games against the lions and the wooden spoon winning reds gaining a final placing of 13th out of 14. however such a disappointing season was as much a result of bad luck as it was the poor on field performances with the waratahs losing almost half their games by seven or less with home games against the chiefs and the highlanders being lost in the final stages of the game. Despite the poor performance the 2007 season saw the emergence of teenage rugby prodigy Kurtley Beale and proved to be a rebuilding stage in the waratahs super 14 championship run.
The 2008 season for the NSW Waratahs has begun well with solid pre-season wins and a solid opening game victory against the Hurricanes 20-3 and a close come from behind loss to the Chiefs proving the 'tahs have the squad to challenge for the title this year. The round 4 victory over the Brumbies marked NSW's 500th victory since their first match in 1882. 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 an impressive 4 try bonus point win against title front runners the sharks improving to second place on the ladder. An average south african trip saw the team slip to third on the ladder after notching only 3 competition points after losing to the bull (7 or less BP) and a stisfactory draw against other title contenders the stormers. the waratahs faced the reds in the final round with a win securing second place and a home semi-final win over the Sharks moved them up to a Super 14 final against the Crusaders which is going to be played on the 31 May.
The New South Wales Waratahs play in a sky blue jersey and navy blue shorts, blue having a long sporting association with the state and a famous rivalry with the red/maroon colour of Queensland. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent Long time sponsors HSBC feature on the front of the jersey. HSBC Holdings plc ( (,,,) is a Public limited company incorporated in England and Wales, headquartered in London. 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. For the speedway team see Canterbury Crusaders (speedway. The Crusaders (formerly the This system saw traditional rugby playing numbers on the back of jerseys replaced with the initials of the player. Previously made by Canterbury, the current jersey is made by ISC and is Cambridge blue, with the alternate strip being white with navy piping.
Up until 1885, New South Wales wore 'heather green' strips. From 1891 to 1897, New South Wales played in scarlet jerseys. The following season they 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 as the Waratahs, the flower, the Waratah, being the state flower of New South Wales.
The Waratahs play at Sydney Football Stadium, which is in Sydney's Moore Park, adjacent to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Sydney Football Stadium (colloquially known as SFS, and formerly known as Aussie Stadium between 2002 and mid-2007 is located in Moore Park, in Moore Park is a large area of parkland in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG is a sports Stadium in Sydney. The capacity for the stadium is 45,500. The Waratahs share the ground with Sydney F.C. and the Sydney Roosters. Sydney FC, founded in 2004, is an Australian Association football (soccer club based in Sydney and competes in Australia's premier competition The Sydney Roosters is a professional Rugby league club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
As well as Sydney Football Stadium, the Waratahs have in the past 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 Australian Provincial Championship ( APC) is an Australian Rugby union tournament that will commenced in 2006 Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium (formerly known as Central Coast Stadium, Northpower Stadium and Central Coast Express Advocate Stadium) is a sports venue Gosford is a city located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, approximately 80km north of the Sydney Central business district Bathurst is a regional centre in the state of New South Wales, Australia approximately 200km west of Sydney and is the seat of the Bathurst Regional Council The Waratahs will also be playing a trial match at Campbelltown Stadium in early 2008. Campbelltown Stadium, formerly Orana Park and Campbelltown Sports Ground, is a Rugby league stadium in Campbelltown New South Wales, Australia
|2002||3rd||11||8||0||3||337||284||+53||7||39||(lost semi-final to Brumbies)|
|2005||2nd||11||9||0||2||322||174||148||5||41||(lost final to Crusaders)|
|2006||3rd||13||9||0||4||362||192||170||9||45||(lost semi-final to Hurricanes)|
|2008||2nd||13||9||1||3||255||186||+69||5||43||(lost final to Crusaders)|
|Player||Position||ARC||Club||Super 14 caps||Wallaby caps|
|Alastair Baxter||Prop||Central Coast Rays||Northern Suburbs||71||51|
|Kurtley Beale||Flyhalf||Western Sydney Rams||Northern Suburbs||10||0|
|Luke Burgess||Scrumhalf||Melbourne Rebels||Eastern Suburbs||2||0|
|Will Caldwell||Lock||Sydney Fleet||Sydney University||24||0|
|Matthew Carraro||Utility Back||Canberra Vikings||Gosford||4||0|
|Tom Carter||Centre||N/A||Sydney University||0||0|
|David Dennis||Back Row||Melbourne Rebels||Sydney University||0||0|
|Matt Dunning||Prop||Wallabies squad||Eastwood||76||36|
|Rocky Elsom||Flanker||Wallabies squad||Randwick||55||32|
|Andrew Dixson||Hooker||Wallabies squad||Randwick||67||20|
|Daniel Halangahu||Flyhalf/Fullback||Sydney Fleet||Sydney University||23||0|
|Sam Harris||Centre||Central Coast Rays||Manly||23||0|
|Rob Horne||Centre/Wing||N/A||Southern Districts||3||0|
|Ben Jacobs||Centre||Central Coast Rays||Warringah||28||0|
|David Lyons||Back Row||Wallabies squad||Sydney University||100||44|
|Alfi Mafi||Fullback/Wing||Sydney Fleet||Sydney University||0||0|
|Al Manning||Hooker||Northern Suburbs|
|Ben Mowen||Back Row||East Coast Aces||Easts (QLD)||1||0|
|Dean Mumm||Lock/Back Row||Sydney Fleet||Sydney University||12||0|
|Sam Norton-Knight||Utility Back||Central Coast Rays||Northern Suburbs||36||2|
|Dan Palmer||Prop||N/A||Southern Districts||1||0|
|Wycliff Palu||Back Row||Central Coast Rays||Warringah||27||17|
|Tatafu Polota-Nau||Hooker||Western Sydney Rams||Parramatta||26||3|
|Beau Robinson||Flanker||Central Coast Rays||Northern Suburbs||9||0|
|Benn Robinson||Prop||Western Sydney Rams||Eastwood||27||6|
|Brett Sheehan||Scrumhalf||Central Coast Rays||Warringah||26||1|
|Timana Tahu||Centre||N/A||West Harbour||0||0|
|Jeremy Tilse||Prop||Sydney Fleet||Sydney University||1||0|
|Lote Tuqiri||Wing||Wallabies squad||West Harbour||60||58|
|Lachlan Turner||Wing||Western Sydney Rams||Eastwood||8||0|
|Josh Valentine||Scrumhalf||Sydney Fleet||Randwick||49||4|
|Dan Vickerman||Lock||Wallabies squad||Sydney University||70||52|
|Phil Waugh (C)||Flanker||Wallabies squad||Sydney University||82||66|