Posts Tagged "Phil Waugh"
Here are the 10 greatest Wallabies of the 2000s and why they were chosen. Some brief thoughts on players who didn’t make my list.
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This is the NSW Waratahs’ first season without their inspirational, some might say dictatorial leader of the past 5 seasons. Waugh racked up 134 caps for the Waratahs, 56 as captain.
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The two contenders to replace Phil Waugh are intent on bringing their own qualities to the position rather than trying to ape the legendary NSW Waratahs openside flanker.
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Phil Waugh is flattered to be mentioned as a possible Rugby World Cup saviour for Australia, but he isn’t holding out for an SOS call from coach Robbie Deans.
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There is a school of thought that says ex-Prime Ministers should do what they all say they will do on leaving politics – “spend more time with family and pursue private interests”.
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The ability to control the momentum of a game is a feature of great teams. Once it changes, so do the fortunes of the participants.
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“We just played dumb footy, and the result shows that”. The parting words of Waratahs skipper Phil Waugh into retirement after losing 26-13 to the Blues at a soggy Eden Park last night.
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Once again the NSW Waratahs have failed to win the Super Rugby competition. The Waratahs hail from the largest and wealthiest city and region in the competition. It has the resources to put a competition winning team on the park.
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NSW Waratahs warrior Phil Waugh hasn’t given any thought to Friday night’s sudden-death Super Rugby playoff being his last stand.
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Phil Waugh has decided to retire. He is 31, but having played in the highest mileage position on a rugby field, 31 for a 7 is like 40 for anyone else. Waugh’s stellar career was by the book.
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Unorthodox, streaky, unusual – Phil Hughes’ technique has been called many things over the years. However, his Australia A captain Tim Paine does not expect Hughes to change a thing as he looks to stake his claim as Shane Watson’s Test opening partner.
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Phil Waugh’s rugby, on the field, will be finished at the end of this 2011 season. In making this announcement this afternoon the most capped player in NSW provincial history is doing the right thing for himself, the Waratahs and for his legacy.
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Captain Phil Waugh must play the 80 minutes against the Brumbies tomorrow night if the Waratahs are to win the Super Rugby crunch clash at ANZ Stadium.
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The finalists for the inaugural Super Rugby conference system hinges on one match, as do the expectations of a state. The NSW Waratahs hold their destiny in their own hands; win and they will be playing another week, lose and they will be universally mauled by their supporter base.
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I was flabbergasted to see this The Sydney Morning Herald headline a few days ago: “Waratahs show Mowen the exit door to clear the way for Elsom.”
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Not content to scrape into the finals, the NSW Waratahs plan to power into the Super Rugby playoffs with the momentum to go all the way and raise the trophy for the very first time.
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Chris Hickey, Phil Waugh and Dean Mumm are at the heart of the Waratahs’ problems. Chris Hickey’s reliance on statistics and refusal to accept that the players were anything but fully committed and had the required self-belief is of great concern.
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An interesting thing happened this year at a number of the Australian Super Rugby sides: the leaders of the teams either stepped up or disappeared off the map.
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Queensland have questioned the Waratahs’ tactics and refereeing complaints in the aftermath of the Reds’ dramatic Super Rugby triumph at Suncorp Stadium.
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The Reds rate the wobbly Waratahs a far more menacing outfit under Phil Waugh and expect the NSW captain to lead a cavalry of recovered stars back into Super Rugby battle on Saturday night.
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