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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.
The Waratahs rebounded from a horror year to surprisingly top the Australian conference with a respectable nine-win campaign. After defeating the Highlanders in a quarter-final comeback for the ages, they were disposed of by the Lions in a semi-final.
With the rest of the Australian conference seemingly improved for 2019, many suspect the Waratahs will have a tougher time of it this season. They should still be good enough to qualify for the finals, if only by the skin of their teeth.
Coach: Daryl Gibson
Captain: Michael Hooper
2018 finish: 1st Australian conference, 3rd overall. Lost semi-final to Lions.
Waratahs 2019 Super Rugby squad
Michael Hooper (c), Adam Ashley-Cooper, Alex Newsome, Andrew Tuala, Angus Bell, Ben Donaldson, Bernard Foley, BJ Edwards, Cameron Clark, Chris Talakai, Cody Walker, Curtis Rona, Damien Fitzpatrick, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Hugh Sinclair, Israel Folau, Jack Dempsey, Jake Gordon, James Ramm, Jed Holloway, Jeremy Williams, John Folau, JP Sauni, Karmichael Hunt, Kurtley Beale, Lachlan Swinton, Lalakai Foketi, Le Roux Roets, Mack Mason, Michael Wells, Mitch Short, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Patrick Tafa, Rob Simmons, Rory O’Connor, Rory Suttor, Ryan McCauley, Sekope Kepu, Shambeckler Vui, Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson, Tom Staniforth, Will Harris, Will Harrison, Will Miller