Shute Shield: Penrith Emus Get A Boost As Waratahs Go West

by Brendan Bradford - Since his appointment as Waratahs coach in late 2012, Michael Cheika has engaged with club rugby and embraced it as the talent pool for his squad. Cheika has given many of the Shute Shield’s brightest prospects valuable experience of life at the elite level with invitations to Waratahs training sessions and to last year’s NSW Barbarians tour to Argentina. For the Waratahs coach, it’s all about making sure club players are ready to step up to the rigours of Super Rugby at a moment’s notice when injury or Test selection depletes his squad. We saw the fruits of this in a greenhorn Waratah side’s gallant 28-13 win in Perth o
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