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The Waratahs (NSW) were founded in 1882 and are one of 12 original sides that competed in the Super 12 competition in 1996, directed by SANZAR. Their rivalries with the Brumbies and Queensland Reds are regarded as some of the most storied in Super Rugby. In 2014, the Waratahs won their first Super Rugby title defeating Canterbury Crusaders 33-32 at ANZ Stadium.
New coach Rob Penney gave NSW fans some cause for optimism coming into 2020, but the losses of Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Will Miller and Tatafu Poloto-Nau, among others, made it very unlikely the Waratahs would be in the finals conversation. When the season was shut down, they were only kept out last place by the hapless Sunwolves. They’re likely to be huge easybeats in Super Rugby AU.
Coach: Rob Penney
Captain: Rob Simmons
2020 Super Rugby finish (at time of suspension): 4th Australian conference, 14th overall.
Waratahs 2020 Super Rugby AU squad
Cam Clark, Ben Donaldson, Lalakai Foketi, Jake Gordon, Will Harrison, Karmichael Hunt, Jack Maddocks, Michael McDonald, Tepai Moeroa, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Alex Newsome, James Ramm, Triston Reilly, Henry Robertson, Mitch Short, Jack Walsh, Joey Walton
Charlie Abel, Robbie Abel, Angus Bell, Darcy Breen, Joe Cotton, Jack Dempsey, Max Douglas, Tetera Faulkner, Charlie Gamble, Ned Hanigan, Will Harris, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ryan McCauley, Dave Porecki, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Hugh Sinclair, Tom Staniforth, Lachlan Swinton, Pat Tafa, Chris Talakai, Tiaan Tauakipulu, Carlo Tizzano, Andrew Tuala, Jeremy Williams