Dempsey returns for Brumbies trial


By NSW Rugby Media Unit

Jack Dempsey will return to the NSW Waratahs starting XV when the team heads to Goulburn on Thursday to take on the Brumbies in their second and final trial ahead of the Super Rugby season.

Dempsey was sidelined for the entire 2018 Super Rugby season after a hamstring injury during the Wallabies-Barbarians clash in 2017. He returned at the back end of last year to play in the NRC where he captained Sydney.

It’s a fresh-faced NSW Waratahs team that will remain relatively unchanged from their first trial match against the Highlanders in New Zealand, with the major changes coming to the bench including the addition of Wallabies Ned Hanigan and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

NSW Waratahs Assistant Coach, Chris Whitaker, said the young NSW talent in the side really stood up during the first trial and he’s expecting the same again.

“The young blokes we’ve brought through the New South Wales system and who got their first taste of international rugby last week will be hungry to get more minutes under their belt and show us what they can deliver for the team,” said Whitaker.

“Last weekend we really saw guys like Will Harris and Andrew Tuala impress and we are expecting that from all the boys who’ve really worked hard during this pre-season.

“There is just over one week to go until the Super Rugby season starts at Brookvale Oval, so for us it’s about testing those combinations and giving these boys some game time.

“I remember very well the the rivalry between the NSW Waratahs and Brumbies and even though this is a trial match, you can expect a very fierce game of rugby,” he said.

NSW Waratahs vs Brumbies
Date: Thursday 7 February
Venue: Goulburn Workers Arena
Kick-Off: 18:30, Gates Open: 16:00
Admission: $10 (Free entry for Under 18 –year-olds)
FREE entry for Brumbies and NSW Waratahs Members


1 Harry Johnson-Holmes
2 Andrew Tuala
3 Shambeckler Vui
4 Jed Holloway
5 Ryan McCauley
6 Lachlan Swinton
7 Will Miller (c)
8 Jack Dempsey
9 Mitch Short
10 Mack Mason
11 Cameron Clark
12 Karmichael Hunt
13 Lalakai Foketi
14 Curtis Rona
15 Alex Newsome

16. JP Sauni
17. Rory O’Connor
18. Chris Talakai
19. Le Roux Roets
20. Ned Hanigan
21. Pat Tafa
22. Jake Gordon
23. Adam Ashley-Cooper
24. Will Harrison
25. Richard Woolf
26. Will Harris
27. Cody Walker
28. Hugh Sinclair
29. Ben Donaldson






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