Nick Phipps confirms move to HSBC Waratahs 16/03/2013 By HSBC Waratahs Media Unit Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps will join the HSBC Waratahs next season. The 24-year-old Sydney-born scrumhalf has signed a new deal that will see him return to his home state in 2014 and pull on the sky blue jersey for the next two seasons. Currently part of the Melbourne Rebels squad, Phipps made his Test debut against Samoa in 2011 and has since earned 12 caps, including starting in eight out of the Wallabies’ last nine matches. Having committed to re-establishing the NSW province’s reputation for attacking, running rugby, HSBC Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika says Phipps is well-suited to the team’s new identity. “Nick is a good threatening, attacking player,” said Cheika. “He’s good all round, in attack, in defence and with his kicking game; he’s a quality player and I think that he’s still got a lot of potential to fulfil. That makes for very good competition in the No. 9 position.” A product of Sydney University and the Australian Sevens programme, Phipps followed his Sydney Uni backs coach Damian Hill to Victoria to play for the newly-formed Melbourne Rebels. After making his Super Rugby debut against the HSBC Waratahs in the team’s inaugural Super Rugby match in February 2011, he first represented his country in the IRB Sevens World Series in 2010 and also attended that year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, sharing in Australia’s silver medal-winning performance. His breakthrough year was complete when he gained selection for the Qantas Wallabies on their Spring Tour, featuring in a mid-week game against Munster. After making his international debut against Samoa in July 2011, Phipps went on to feature in the opening match of that year’s successful Tri Nations campaign against South Africa in Sydney, before appearing against Russia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.