New South Wales Waratahs have received a much-needed boost before next year’s Super 14 season with line-busting No.8 Wycliff Palu expected to be fit for round one.
Fox Sports reports that the backrower was forced to return home early from the Wallabies’ northern hemisphere tour with a shoulder injury.
However Warathahs medical staff only expect Palu to be sidelined for four to six weeks.
The news is a welcome relief for the Waratahs following serious injuries to props Matt Dunning and Sekope Kopu on the Wallabies tour.
Meanwhile, the Waratahs will shed their conservative style of play for a more expansive game plan under new coach Chris Hickey in the 2009 Super 14 season.
The Waratahs have become renowned in recent times for their forward-dominated play that led them to two finals in four years under former coach Ewen McKenzie.
However Waratahs utility player Daniel Halangahu revealed plans on Monday to play what Hickey terms “positive risk” – allowing players to be more instinctive on the paddock.
“We will be looking to play a bit more and really take a few more risks in the game,” Halangahu said.
“Ewen was a pretty safe sort of coach and we were very forward dominated and I think in the coming seasons we will be looking to be fitter and looking to offload a lot more.
“We will be running really hard on the field and looking to have a crack. It is positive rugby and hopefully the fans can enjoy that.”Tweet