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Waratahs confirm leaving players

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The NSW Waratahs will farewell and celebrate the important contribution of many of the 2022 playing squad at their end-of-season awards night tonight.

Darren Coleman’s side was the surprise packet of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, winning eight of their 14 regular season matches and qualifying for the finals for the first time since 2018.

Coleman used 40 players during his campaign, with several departing the side and taking opportunities abroad for 2023 and beyond.

Alex Newsome swaps Sydney for France where he will play with Clermont in the French Top 14. Newsome has been a mainstay of the side since arriving from the Western Force notching up 71 caps, including playing every minute of the past two seasons and captaining the side during Jake Gordon’s absence in 2021.

Triston Reilly has joined the Wests Tigers in the NRL while James Ramm has linked up with the Northampton Saints in England.

Jeremy Williams will head west and link up with former Waratahs Assistant Coach Simon Cron at the Western Force.

British and Irish Lions and Wales Test legend Jamie Roberts has announced his retirement from rugby, with the Waratahs finals loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton his last professional match.

Waratahs’ flanker Carlo Tizzano and scrumhalf Jack Grant have joined Ealing Trailfinders in the second division of the Premiership in the UK.

Ruan Smith has headed back to South Africa to link up with his twin brother JP at the Lions in Johannesburg, while lock Geoff Cridge has returned home to New Zealand.

Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman was sad to see the departure of so many players who played a big part in his debut Super Rugby campaign.

“All of these guys played a big role in turning the club around and the successes we’ve had this season,” Coleman said

“They are all dedicated professionals, but most importantly good blokes, and I wish them nothing but success in their future careers.”

Waratahs 2022 Departing players

Carlo Tizzano (Ealing Trailfinders), Henry Robertson (TBC), Hugh Bokenham (TBC), Geoff Cridge (TBC), Jack Grant (Ealing Trailfinders), James Ramm (Northampton Saints), Jamie Roberts (retired), Jeremy Williams (Western Force), Max Douglas (TBC), Ruan Smith (Lions), Tevita Funa (TBC), Triston Reilly (Wests Tigers – NRL)

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Brumbies confirm coaching group for 2023 season

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Brumbies Rugby have confirmed Laurie Fisher, Rod Seib and Dan Palmer will form the club’s coaching group for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season with returning head coach Stephen Larkham.

Widely acknowledged as one of the best technical coaches in the world, 2023 will be Fisher’s sixth season in his third stint at the Brumbies, Fisher having previously worked with Larkham in the former flyhalf’s playing days and in his early years as a coach.

Seib will continue for his third season at the Brumbies having joined the club at the end of 2020. A long-time head coach in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup, Seib served as Queensland’s Academy head coach before making the move to Canberra and has added to his strong reputation since taking charge of the Brumbies attack, serving as an assistant coach for Australia A’ during the recent Pacific Nations Cup. 

Brumby 132 Dan Palmer will step into a full-time role in the club’s coaching group in 2023 having had several successful stints in charge of the Brumbies scrum, the former Wallaby having also previously worked with Larkham as both a player and a coach.

Brumbies CEO, Phil Thomson said: “We’re pleased to be able to have such strong continuity within our coaching group as Steve takes over as head coach.”

“Laurie is obviously a world-class coach and he continues to be incredibly passionate about the Brumbies, and in Rod we have a detailed, intelligent coach who has made a great impression on the club so far.

“It’s fantastic also to have Dan come on full-time, and we’re excited to see him have a larger role within the group having watched his growth as a scrum coach.

“It’s rare to be able to assemble a coaching group with such continuity and shared experience and we’re confident they will put in place a program, along with our wider High-performance staff that will allow our squad to continue to develop and build on recent seasons as we look forward to 2023.”

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Queensland Reds release centre to join Western Force

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The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has agreed to terms for the release of Hamish Stewart to the Western Force ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Pacific season.

Red General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “The Western Force made the request through the appropriate channels. They had a need with some injuries and departing inside backs.

“We have good depth at centre and some salary cap pressure with a large contingent of national players, so this is a good result for all parties.

“We’d like to thank Hamish for his commitment to Queensland Rugby over the past six years and we wish him all the very best with his move west.”

“I’ve had a really good time at the Reds,” said Stewart.

“They gave me my first crack at Super Rugby, and I’ll always be extremely grateful for the club.

“I’m sad to go, but I know they’re in good hands with the staff and playing group there at the moment.”

A Darling Downs product, Stewart debuted for Queensland in 2017 and went on to play 72 games for the Reds.

The 24-year-old rose through the ranks alongside many of his Reds’ teammates, starring for the Junior Wallabies and in the Brad Thorn coached championship-winning Queensland U20s and Queensland Country sides in 2017.

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Sef Fa’agase re-commits to Queensland Rugby

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Versatile prop Sef Fa’agase has signed with the Queensland Reds through 2024.

The two-year deal sees the 31-year-old’s career come full circle, with Fa’agase rising through the Queensland pathway and making his Reds debut in 2015 before stints with the Melbourne Rebels, Highlanders and abroad.

Fa’agase re-joined the Reds squad in the backend of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season and featured in five games, bringing his Queensland cap tally to 48.

Fa’agase said: “I chose to re-sign with the Reds because it’s my home state, it’s where my journey started.

“Looking from afar for the last four years, I’ve been really excited about the way this group plays footy, especially the tightness on and off the field which I got a taste for it this year.

“I feel this season, especially towards the backend, there was a lot left out there, so I wanted the chance to hopefully go further next season with this group.

“I’m grateful for the chance to be back here representing Queensland, my partner and my family.”

Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Sef made the most of his opportunity as injury cover this season.

“He has history with the Reds and brings experience and versatility in being capable either side of the scrum.

“He has the opportunity to reach 50 games for Queensland in 2023, so there’s plenty of motivation for him next season.”

A Logan product, Fa’agase made his Queensland debut in 2015 after helping the University of Queensland to the Hospital Cup title in 2014.

With the ability to play on both sides of the scrum, the prop played 43 games for Queensland between 2015 and 2018.

In 2016, Fa’agase played with the Wallabies XV against the Barbarians and was part of the Australian wider training squad in 2017, before taking his talents across the ditch to New Zealand the following year.

Fa’agase featured for Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship (NPC) and went on to play Super Rugby for the Highlanders in 2019.

Fa’agase turned out for the Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan and the New England Free Jacks in the United States in 2020 and 2021, before he returned to Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels ahead of their 2022 campaign.

Long-term injuries to Taniela Tupou and Zane Nonggorr saw Fa’agase added to the Reds squad as injury cover late in the season, with Fa’agase’s experience and leadership ensuring he was rewarded with a new a two-year deal.

Sef Fa’agase

  • Position: Prop
  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 117kg
  • Born: 03/05/1991
  • Place of birth: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Senior Club: University of Queensland
  • School: Shailer Park State High
  • Queensland debut: 13/02/2015 v Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Queensland caps: 48
  • Super Rugby caps: 53

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