Brendan McKibbin will lead the Waratahs in their first outing of the season against the Rebels this Saturday.
Head Coach Michael Cheika today named the 28-man squad to travel to Hobart on Friday ahead of his side’s first Super Rugby trial match against the Rebels at the North Hobart Football Club this Saturday (5.30pm EST).
The 27-year-old halfback will be assisted by two vice captains in prop Jeremy Tilse and flyhalf Bernard Foley. The match will also see six new recruits (Ollie Atkins, Cam Crawford, Israel Folau, Luke Holmes, Matt Lucas and Ben Volavola) in action for NSW for the first time.
Also included are 10 players from outside the contracted squad. Invited to training by Cheika, these promising players are among a number that have been training with the squad since the end of 2012, having being identified as up and coming talent from within the club, school and country ranks.
HSBC Waratahs squad to play the Rebels
North Hobart Football Club (Saturday February 2)
Michael Alaalatoa (Southern Districts)*
Richard Aho (Randwick)*
Kotoni Ale (Manly)*
Wayne Borzak (Warringah)*
Bernard Foley (vice captain)
AJ Gilbert (Northern Suburbs)*
Brendan McKibbin (captain)
Tolu Latu (Sydney University)*
Dane Maraki (Manly)*
Elijah Niko (Eastern Suburbs)*
Jeremy Tilse (vice captain)
Peter Samu (Randwick)*
Will Skelton (Sydney University)*
* Invited players
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