and put faith in new forwards for Chiefs
THE Waratahs continue to re sign their biggest names but will again rely on the unknowns against the Chiefs tomorrow night.
Wallabies Wycliff Palu and Dean Mumm each extended their contracts by one year yesterday, joining fellow internationals Berrick Barnes, Tatafu Polota Nau, Drew Mitchell, Lachie Turner and Rob Horne. But a week after Sitaleki Timani scored the match winning try against the Brumbies, NSW will hope new lock Pat O’Connor and debutant prop Paddy Ryan can make similar impacts at the Sydney Football Stadium.
”Seeing everyone else re sign, I got the feeling that we’ve got something special here. This Waratahs squad has been together for a while now, the feeling for me is we’re pretty close to where we want to be.”
Vice captain Mumm said that while the ARU had offered them only one year deals as it sought to overhaul the contracting system, he was pleased to stay.
”I suppose Cliff and I are getting a little bit older, they’re looking to put us on one year deals, but that suits me perfectly at the moment,” Mumm said. wholesale nfl jerseys ”I feel a positive movement going on within Australian rugby, I’m very happy at the Waratahs, you have a look at the people that have been re signing everyone is very happy here.
”From a Wallaby point of view, I feel the team can do something special not only this year but next year, I’m not quite ready to give that up.”
Mumm will partner O’Connor in the second row, and the new kid is familiar with many of the Chiefs, having played against a few in the ITM Cup for Northland last season.
”I probably didn’t have enough Super rugby under my belt even when I was in Perth, I needed to go somewhere and play some quality footy and the NPC was a good place for me to go and do that,” O’Connor said. ”As it turns out it’s worked in my favour a little bit.”
Ryan, a Tamworth product, spent a year living in Ireland before returning to the game through Sydney University.
Mumm’s brother Greg, who was head coach of the first grade side, pulled Ryan from the Colts and soon he had rushed his way into the Waratahs’ wider training squad.
He has no fears about packing down against the grizzled Chiefs front row. ”It’s a big focus for me, that’s one of the best things about being at the Waratahs, you’re under [assistant coach] Michael Foley, he’s obviously very knowledgeable when it comes to scrums,” Ryan said. ”I don’t think I’d be picked if I wasn’t ready to scrummage.”
Members of the Waratahs side visited the Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s centre in Allambie Heights yesterday, and will raise funds for the organisation by auctioning special jerseys worn by the players in tomorrow’s match. Last year they raised more than $94,000.