Waratahs add two to their squad for 2014 Super Rugby season
Former Australia A back Matt Carraro and young hooker Tolu Latu are the latest additions to a NSW Waratahs squad for the 2014 Super Rugby competition.
Winger-centre Carraro played for the Brumbies in 2007 and the Waratahs in 2008 and 2009.
He played for English club side Bath from 2009-2012 and was with French side Montpelier in 2012-2013.
Latu, 20, who played in Sydney University’s NSW club premiership-winning side last weekend, is just the second hooker in the squad behind Wallabies star Tatafu Polota-Nau.
He was part of the NSW Barbarians squad that recently played two games in Argentina.
NSW now have just one of their 30 roster spots to fill, with Cheika looking for another front-rower to round out the squad.
Carraro and Latu swell to seven the list of newcomers to the squad.
The prize recruits are Wallabies back Kurtley Beale and Springboks loose forward Jacques Potgieter.
Coach Michael Cheika, who has set the Waratahs a target of finishing in the top two next season, was enthusiastic about signing the Bulls’ hard man.
“In building our 2014 squad I wanted to profile one of our locks as a no-nonsense, hard and strong ball carrier and tackler, experienced and hungry to add these qualities to our squad,” explained Cheika.
“We have some excellent locks and back rows in our squad with different profiles and adding a quality recruit like Jacques to our team will definitely make for more competition within our squad, which should make us more competitive against our opponents.”
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NSW Waratahs 2014 Super Rugby Squad
Mitchell Chapman (Eastern Suburbs, 30)
Dave Dennis (Sydney University, 27)
Kane Douglas (Southern Districts, 24)
Tala Gray (Eastern Suburbs, 23)*
Jed Holloway (Southern Districts, 20)
Michael Hooper (Manly, 21)
Sekope Kepu (Randwick, 27)
Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University, 26)
Tolu Latu (Sydney University, 20)*
Wycliff Palu (Manly, 31)
Tatafu Polota Nau (Parramatta, 28)
Jacques Potgieter (27)*
Benn Robinson (Eastwood, 29)
Paddy Ryan (Sydney University, 25)
Will Skelton (Sydney University, 21)
Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University, 27)
Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs, 29)
Matt Carraro (29)*
Kurtley Beale (24)*
Peter Betham (Sydney University, 24)
Cam Crawford (Northern Suburbs, 24)
Bernard Foley (Sydney University, 24)
Israel Folau (Sydney University, 24)
Michael Hodge (Sydney University, 24)
Rob Horne (Southern Districts, 24)
Jono Lance (23)*
Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs, 28)
Nick Phipps (Sydney University, 24)
Ben Volavola (Southern Districts, 22)