Daryl Gibson expects Waratahs to benefit from strong NRC in 2017

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson believes his Super Rugby side will be the big winners from this year’s National Rugby Championship, with a host of young stars impressing in the third tier competition. After disappointing results in 2014 and 2015, Gibson admitted the Waratahs have embraced the competition more in 2016 and are set to benefit next year. Fielding just three teams this season, NSW will host both semi finals this weekend, with minor premiers NSW Country to host Melbourne in Newcastle and the Sydney Rays to play Perth at Warringah. “All three teams performed really well and in particular, I was pleased with the Waratahs players,” Gibson told Rugby News. “The whole concept of the NRC is to give the younger players in our squad an opportunity to play some rugby at a higher level and we’ve seen just how valuable that can be.” For the second straight season, the Waratahs have said goodbye to a host of high profile players, yet Gibson seems confident that a numbe
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