Stay updated with the NSW Waratahs 2024 signings!
Fijian International and 7s star Mesu Kunavula has inked a one-year deal with the NSW Waratahs.
Kunavula who can play both lock and backrow, was part of a Fiji Sevens side that claimed silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and made his Fijian Test debut against Georgia at BT Murrayfield in 2020.
The NSW Waratahs have today announced Michael Ruthven as the new Head Coach of the NSW Waratah Women's side and the Director of Women's High Performance.
The two-year appointment follows an extensive search and consultation process with applications received from coaches within Australia and from around the world.
Fijian Bati International Vuate Karawalevu has joined the NSW Waratahs ahead of the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific campaign on a two-year deal.
Karawalevu, a former Fijian schoolboy rugby union star was scouted by the Roosters playing for the Kaiviti Silktails and made the decision to switch to the 13-man code despite being named in Fiji’s Under 18’s World Cup squad.
The NSW Waratahs are pleased to announce the signing of Melbourne Rebels hooker Theo Fourie ahead of their 2024 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
A product of the Rockhampton Grammar School and Souths Rugby Club in Queensland, Fourie was selected for the Queensland Reds Academy in 2019.
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The NSW Waratahs are pleased to announce the signing of versatile forward Fergus Lee-Warner on a two-year deal, bolstering the team's back-row and lock stocks ahead of the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season.
A product of the NSW pathways, born in Scone, NSW and schooled at The Kings School, Lee-Warner represented NSW Schools II, Easts Rugby Club, and the Greater Sydney Rams before heading over to the Western Force in 2018.
The NSW Waratahs have secured the signature of NSW Pathway product and rising back row talent Ned Slack-Smith from the Western Force for the upcoming 2024 Super Rugby Pacific Season.
At only 20 years of age, Slack-Smith's pathway to Waratahs has come via Barker College, Sydney, and Warringah Rugby Club alongside the NSW Rugby Gen Blue pathway – the young backrower was also selected Captain for the Junior Wallabies against New Zealand earlier this year.
Former England U20s prop Hayden Thompson-Stringer has put pen to paper inking a two-year deal with the NSW Waratahs.
Thompson-Stringer joins the Waratahs with an experienced resume having plied his trade for Bedford Blues, Saracens, Brive, and La Rochelle, and will add a wealth of knowledge, size, and experience to the Waratahs’ front-row stocks.
Hulking Australian second row and current Clermont player, Miles Amatosero is returning to Australia to strengthen the forward pack for the upcoming 2024 season.
At 21 years of age, standing an imposing 6’8 and weighing 125kg. Amatosero made his Top 14 debut for Clermont at just 18 years of age against Ma’a Nonu’s Toulon before going on to make 26 appearances over three seasons wearing the yellow and blue.
Jack is Back! The NSW Waratahs are excited to announce the return of Halfback Jack Grant. Grant, who left the Waratahs for a stint with the Ealing Trailfinders, is returning to NSW to bolster the halfback stocks for the 2024 season. A product of the NSW pathways systems and the Shute Shield, hailing from Easts Rugby Club, Grant made his debut for the NSW Waratahs in 2021 capped 20 times across two seasons.
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jack Grant back to the NSW Waratahs family," said Waratahs Head Coach, Darren Coleman. “It’s great to have Jack back with us, he’s such a competitive and likable member of our team. He played some great Rugby for us in 2022 and will have benefitted even further from his English experience. He’ll add competition to the half-back selection mix.” Commenting on his decision to return to NSW, Grant said, "I'm thrilled to be back with the NSW Waratahs. It was a fantastic experience playing in the UK, and I learned a lot during my time there. However, I'm excited to return to where it all began for me in professional rugby. “My family and friends are in Sydney and it's always special to wear the sky blue.” The Waratahs will continue to announce signings over the course of the month.
The NSW Waratahs re-sign Lachlan Swinton, Ned Hanigan, Teddy Wilson & Will Harrison till the end of the 2024 season.
The 2019 Rookie of the Year is a testament to the NSW pathway program. A product of Sydney’s Northern beaches, Swinton has risen through system ranks from Knox Grammar to Sydney University and finally to the Super Rugby stage. The 26-year-old will be eyeing off his 50th Waratahs cap in the 2024 season. Having made a full recovery from his shoulder injury Swinton will be fresh off a great Baa Baas tour.
The 28-year-old backrower is a product of the NSW pathways, progressing from club rugby in Randwick and NSW Country in the NRC to making his debut for the Waratahs in 2016 and representing the side on 62 occasions.
Wilson had a breakout season on the international stage, becoming the Junior Wallabies captain in their World Championship campaign in South Africa earlier this year. The 20-year-old has notched 7 caps for the Waratahs already and will look to make his stamp on the 2024 season. The coaching staff sees him as a big part of the Tahs future!
The 23-year-old was the 2017 captain of Australian schoolboys, and has collected 235 Super Rugby points over 31 Waratahs caps. Despite numerous injuries throughout his career, Harrison is still regarded as one of the game’s most promising young talents. He was ruled out of the 2023 season due to an ACL repair, however, Head of Athletic Performance Nick Lumley is confident about his return this year,
“Will had an ACL repair in April this year, on the same knee he injured against Rebels in 2022. He's working incredibly hard passed all his gym-based tests and has resumed running.
He's got more work to do but we're aiming for a return in 2024, however, our primary focus is to get it right so we'll give him whatever time he needs.”
Head Coach Darren Coleman was excited to secure these four NSW-born stars for the upcoming 2024 Super Rugby Pacific Season,
“These four are big players and personalities in our squad. If the four of them can have big seasons it will go a long way to us having a successful 2024 campaign.”
The NSW Waratahs will begin pre-season in the coming month and prepare for their 2024 Super Rugby campaign on the 24th of February at Suncorp Stadium against the QLD Reds.