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The HSBC Waratahs are set to face tough conditions in Toowoomba when they meet the Queensland Reds tonight in their first Super 14 trial for 2009.
Head Coach Chris Hickey has named 15 players with Super 14 experience in a 28-man squad to take on the Queensland Reds in the HSBC Waratahs' first trial of 2009.
Peter Playford made his NSW debut nine years ago and has now returned to where is professional Rugby career began by signing on for the HSBC Waratahs' 2009 Super 14 season.
HSBC Waratahs fans can reserve their place at any of the seven home games during the 2009 Super 14 when tickets go on sale on Monday 19 January.
The HSBC Waratahs will lend a hand to help develop some stars of the future by taking part in the annual National Rugby Camp this week in Armidale.
Yet another injury has hit the HSBC Waratahs less than two weeks away from their first pre-season trial with wing Ratu Nasiganiyavi ruled out for an extended period with a serious foot injury.
Preparations for the HSBC Waratahs 2009 Super 14 campaign step up another gear today with a number of Wallabies joining the training squad for the first time
The NSW Rugby Union will take its next major step after regaining self-governance when it calls for applications for the role of executive director this weekend.
Matthew Burke has been given his first opportunity to impress NSW selectors at flyhalf.