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Waugh fears being pushed away

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 12 Jan 2009 at 07:20
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Phil Waugh led New South Wales to last year’s Super 14 final nursing a broken rib for the entire season, yet the inspirational captain could become the latest Australia player forced to Europe at the end of this year.

Off contract with NSW and the Australian Rugby Union in 2010, Waugh has outlined a desire to finish his career with the Waratahs by earning a new long-term deal this Super 14 season.

But he understands the decision rests with Australia coach Robbie Deans and ARU high performance manager David Nucifora.

With the emergence of Western Force flanker David Pocock on the Wallabies’ spring tour and the on-going battle with George Smith for honours as openside flanker, Waugh risks being squeezed out.

James Hooper writes for The Sunday Telegraph that judged purely on form with the Waratahs and Wallabies over the past decade, Waugh deserves a new deal. A driving force throughout last season’s NSW Super 14 success, he was once groomed as a potential long-term Wallaby captain.

“Over the next period of time I’ll look at my options and see where I sit. Robbie Deans’ plans are obviously very important to my future,” Waugh said.

“I really enjoy playing in Australia and playing for the Waratahs and playing in Sydney. The SFS is my favourite ground and I’ve been here 10 years. Once I’ve got a good understanding of what they’re thinking, I’ll be able to make some more informed decisions.

“Every year could be your last. It’s all a matter of form and injuries.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot of rugby left in me. I want to play until I feel I’m no longer competitive at the top level. Right now I feel fine.”

Nucifora expects Waugh to be a continued part of the Wallabies plans moving forward and intends to open talks in the next month.

The telling issue will be both parties reaching suitable financial terms, with Waugh certain to attract offers from European clubs.

Interestingly, Brumbies flanker and Waugh’s long-time adversary Smith is also off-contract.

“We’ll start talking to guys who are off contract from now onwards and Phil’s certainly on that list. He’s still very valuable,” Nucifora said.

With the scars of last season’s Super 14 final loss to Canterbury six months old, the Waratahs returned to pre-season training last Monday.

Gone were experienced forwards Rocky Elsom, Dan Vickerman and David Lyons, while prop Matt Dunning will be missing for most of the season after he snapped his achilles tendon on tour.

New coaches Chris Hickey, Michael Foley, Scott Wisemantel and Scott Bowen complete a fresh brains trust plotting the NSW game plan for 2009.


  • Shame, poor Phil.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.01.09 10:38:23 by McLovin Reply
  • Maybe he should apply for this job:

    Tourism Queensland is offering an extremely lucky individual a chance to get what they say is the best job in the world – to be their Island Caretaker.

    Job scope

    So what makes them say this is the best job in the world?

    Essentially, you will be getting paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, and bushwalking, are just some of the activities that you can do on the island.

    All you would need to do would be to post a weekly blog, photo diaries, and create video updates to tell the world about the unique experiences available on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

    You can even bring a friend or relative to stay with you in your own spacious holiday home complete with plunge pools and stunning island views, fully equipped with modern facilities and exquisite furnishings. Naturally, a state-of-the-art entertainment system as well as complete access to the Internet is available.

    You’ll also get to explore the different tropical islands along the Great Barrier Reef while staying at luxury resorts.

    Salary – A$150,000 for a six-month contract

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.01.09 10:40:19 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    Am I cynical or do I detect a lack of sincerity in that remark. 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.01.09 10:40:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :


    Where do I send my CV?

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.01.09 10:43:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : great player, but shit… if this rugby thing doesn’t come off, he’s a hoe-in for the role of Quasimodo in Disney’s new live-action smash hit – The Hunchback of Notre Dame 3

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.01.09 10:45:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Create and upload a 60-second or less video in English explaining why you’re the best person for the job and demonstrating your knowledge of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. You will also need to complete a short application form and upload the video to http://www.islandreefjob.com.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.01.09 10:45:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.01.09 10:46:08 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : That was meant for comment 3. 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.01.09 10:46:53 by McLovin Reply

  • The monster under Quasimodo’s bed is Phil Waugh.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.01.09 10:47:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : classic 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.01.09 10:52:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.01.09 10:52:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    He doesn’t have a hunchback. He has been suffering from a broken rib. 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.01.09 10:53:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Anybody manage to actually open that island job website? They must be getting a heap of applications.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.01.09 11:00:28 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 13) :

    No idea why they would be busy though 🙄 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.01.09 11:07:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) :

    Send them a complaint, saying if that is the sort of bandwidth they will be supplying for the job they can shove it. 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.01.09 11:08:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : 😆 I knew there was a catch. I just can’t live without fast broadband.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.01.09 11:10:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : yeah – how else would you keep up with Sharksworld?

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.01.09 11:14:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    How are you expected to Stream Currie Cup matches if the internet is to slow. 🙁

    Hopefully the TV reception will be good enough to have a clear picture of the S14 games.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.01.09 11:24:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : I am worried about my chances of streaming Super 14 games at the moment

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.01.09 11:27:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : I haven’t even thought about that yet. I’m withdrawing my application. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.01.09 11:30:07 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    Are they not being shown on Sky? 😯

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.01.09 11:41:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Some are. Most aren’t. 👿

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.01.09 11:48:38 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Sky SUCKS when it comes to Southern Hemisphere rugby

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.01.09 11:52:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    How big does your dish need to be to pick up DSTV? 🙂

    We only need a 1,8m diameter dish for DSTV. 😎

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.01.09 12:00:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    it seems you guys need to buy a dreambox then? 😎

    they are only SAR1500-00 over here (around GBP 300-00)

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.01.09 12:04:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Will have to borrow one from NASA. 🙄

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.01.09 12:07:16 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Dreambox?

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.01.09 12:07:39 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 27) :

    Dreambox is a Satelite receiver that can watch all satelite channels.

    You hook the your dish up to your dreambox, you hook the dreambox up to the net via a LAN cable.

    As easy as that it then gives you access to over 600 encrypted TV channels. As and when the encrypted channel changes it’s “authorisation code” the dreambox connects to the net and gets the code.

    I was 😯 ed when i saw it the first time. All the DSTV channels, ALL the seedy 🙄 channels everything is there.

    no subscription, no renewal just a once off purchase and a connection to the net needed.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.01.09 12:14:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : yeah… it would need to be something like 5m in diameter, from what I recall.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.01.09 12:14:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : At least. Will probably need planning permission from the council before you can put it up. 🙄

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.01.09 12:15:45 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : Sounds good. 😎

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.01.09 12:17:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 31) :

    I’ll never forget the first guy whoi showed me his, didn’t want to be seen showing me the porn channels so he showed me this WEIRD music program.

    Who woulda thought there was a TV channel dedicated to music for gay people. 😯 The presenters were hilarious.

    The music was good though. 😳 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.01.09 12:21:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • music for gay people? the mind boggles. 🙄

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.01.09 12:29:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : I guess it’s not legal.

    And I guess you need to attach it to a dish that that actually gets the channel you want to watch… so it wouldn’t work here.

    My problem is actually bandwidth, though… so even that solution wouldn’t work for me

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.01.09 12:34:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Are you in a cable area?

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.01.09 12:37:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 34) :

    THAT is the baffling part. If I want to connect to DSTV (legally) I need a 1,8m dish. if I use dreambox I can get DSTV from another satelite through a 800mm Dish. ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓

    HAVE NO IDEA how THAT works.

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.01.09 12:40:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) :

    dreambox doesn’t use any bandwidth, it just downloads a code every now and then, so it is only text and only every so often.

    BUT the legality in the real world (outside of the East) will be an issue.

    Obviously here it isn’t 😛 🙄

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.01.09 12:42:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : no – not last time I checked 🙁

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.01.09 12:43:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : Apparently the footprints the dstv system uses are not visible in Europe. No matter what size dish you have. I’ll maar stick to mediazone.

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.01.09 12:45:00 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : no – I mean the bandwidth needed to actually stream the picture from the dreambox to my PC

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.01.09 12:45:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : That’s too bad. Supposed to be better than phone line.

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.01.09 12:46:16 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 41) : yeah. I live in an old house with old wiring…

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.01.09 12:51:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Seems you can pick up a dreambox over here for anywhere between £65 & £200 depending on how ‘high-end’ you wanna go.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.01.09 12:55:15 by McLovin Reply

  • Another All Black has appeared in court on a criminal charge, raising the number who have fallen foul of the law in recent months to five.
    Sione Lauaki, the Chiefs flanker, has been bailed on a charge of damaging three windows and a television at a motel in Auckland on New Year’s Day.


  • Comment 44, posted at 12.01.09 13:22:52 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Only matches so far scheduled to be shown on the first weekend is Lions v Cheetahs & Canes v Tahs.

    Which is about standard fare.

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.01.09 13:30:44 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 43) : will it work, though?

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.01.09 14:13:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • On the subject of Waugh, he was injured for most/much/all of the 2007 Super 14 season and healthy in 2008.

    2007 they finished 2nd last (3 wins from 13 games)
    2008 they finished 2nd (9 wins from 13 games).

    Interesting that….

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.01.09 14:17:22 by Baldrick Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : No idea. Probably not for free. Definitely not for dstv.

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.01.09 14:19:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 46) :

    @McLovin (Comment 48) :

    I suggest one of you go down to a supplier and have a chat to him. The guys who use it here are not getting their signal from the DSTV satelite.

    Chat to someone over there who uses them and have a look see. Don’t be scared to go into dark and dingie neighbourhoods. ;wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.01.09 14:43:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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