Rugby Union 2 years ago

Gibson identifies new Tahs' rugby leaders

  • Gibson identifies new Tahs' rugby leaders

New NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson wants Wallaby backs Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Rob Horne to establish themselves among the leaders of his new-look Super Rugby team.

Gibson, who has taken over from Michael Cheika, has lost the services of several long-serving Test players to overseas teams with stalwarts Adam Ashley-Cooper, Wycliff Palu and Sekope Kepu among those to depart.

He remains committed to the ball-in-hand style NSW employed under Cheika and indicated he will give younger players a chance to establish themselves in the team.

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"What I will be looking for is the middle tier in our team, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, a number of guys who are 26, 27 years of age which really is their time now, to stand up and lead the team," said Gibson at the squad's first pre-season session on Wednesday.

The infamous hill runs introduced by Cheika were part of the routine on Wednesday despite the temperature climbing to 35 degrees in Sydney.

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