The numbers: Kepu and Phipps' Waratahs records


The NSW Waratahs will farewell two of their favourite sons at Bankwest Stadium tonight, as Sekope Kepu and Nick Phipps step out onto home soil for the final time.

It’s a huge fixture in many ways, as the NSW Waratahs look to keep their finals hopes alive against one of their fiercest Conference rivals in the Brumbies.

Collectively, Kepu and Phipps have represented the NSW Waratahs on 224 occasions and were both part of the Championship-winning 2014 side.

Phipps has served as Club Captain most recently, while Kepu has led the forward pack with distinction for many years – their presence both on and off the field will be certainly missed at Daceyville.

NSW Waratahs Captain and long-time teammate of Kepu and Phipps, Michael Hooper was glowing in his praise of the departing pair.

“Nick will leave a great legacy at the Waratahs, one of hard work, endless enthusiasm and a genuine love for the club,” Hooper said.

“On the field he’s a constant improver, working on his craft all the time, wanting to be the best he can possibly be and he will certainly be missed.

“Keps has given me some pretty special memories and moments through his own skill set and some amazing plays on the field.

“He plays a lot of minutes for a prop, does things that are really out of the tighthead’s realm with 60-metre tries, big shots, great offloading game – a really silky skill set.

Sekope Kepu:
Debut: 2008 v Highlanders at Carisbrook Stadium
Caps: 139 – 4th on the NSW Waratahs all-time list with Wycliff Palu and 2nd most-capped NSW Waratahs Super Rugby prop
Points: 25 (5 tries)

Nick Phipps:
Debut: 2014 v Western Force at Allianz Stadium
Caps: 85 – 19th on the NSW Waratahs all-time list and 2nd most-capped NSW Waratahs Super Rugby halfback.
Points: 85 (17 tires) – Equal 13th for Waratahs Super Rugby tries with Mat Rogers, Peter Hewat and Drew Mitchell






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