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.
"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.