2013 Season Preview: NSW WARATAHS

by Paul Cook & Brendan Bradford - The jury was out on how the Waratahs would travel in the 2012 Super Rugby season. Popular assistant coach Michael Foley had moved into the head coaching position vacated by a departing Chris Hickey and the squad was boosted by the return of former heroes Rocky Elsom and Dan Vickerman. On the flip side, they had lost their playmaker Kurtley Beale to the Rebels and had to face life without two of their long time warriors, the retiring Phil Waugh and Al Baxter. As it transpired, injury robbed them of the services of both Elsom and Vickerman, the former test captain donning the Cambridge Blue jersey only five times and a topsy-turvy start to the season soon descended into disarray as the team lost it’s last eight games in a row, an unwanted record. With a disillusioned fanbase voting with their feet, it was time for the broom to be swept ful
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