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Waratahs lock in exciting pathway graduates

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The NSW Waratahs have secured the services of two of their brightest pathway graduates, brothers Harry and Teddy Wilson.

The talented sons of Reds, Wallabies, and World Cup Winner Dave Wilson, Teddy and Harry have been in the Waratahs system for the past three years and have graduated into full-time professional contracts.

Harry Wilson has signed a two-year deal with the Waratahs keeping him in Sky-Blue at least until the end of the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season.

Outside back Harry progressed through the NSW pathways through St Augustine’s College, Australian U20’s, and into the Waratahs Academy in 2019.

Harry was a standout performer in the Waratahs A matches earlier this season and has played a role in Eastwoods surging run to the Semi-Finals in the Shute Shield this year.

Harry Wilson said, “I’ve always dreamt of playing for the Waratahs, and to hopefully do that here with my brother will be a really special moment for myself and my family,”

“I’ve been in the program now for the past three years and working hard to try and get my first Super Rugby cap, and to potentially do it in my home state, and in front of my friends and family would be amazing.”

Scrum-half Teddy has graduated from an Extended Development contract into the main squad and is also a product of the NSW pathways, attending The King’s School and representing the Junior Wallabies and Waratahs Academy.

Teddy capped off a stellar year in 2021 winning the Dave Dennis Elite Youth Development Player of the Year Award after representing the Waratahs A side, earning selection in the Junior Wallabies side, and making his 1st-grade debut for Eastern Suburbs all in his first year out of school.

The young scrumhalf made his Super Rugby debut earlier this year against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium and has been one of the standouts for Easts in this year’s Shute Shield competition.

Teddy Wilson said, “Making my Super Rugby debut earlier this year was incredibly special for myself and my family and I’m very grateful to have signed here for another season.”

“Harry signing makes it even more special and hopefully one day we can take the field together, as it’s been a dream of ours since we were young.”

Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman said “It is excellent news that both Harry and Teddy have signed with us, as they are both very important to the future of the team.

“Harry is a great addition to our squad who adds depth and quality to our outside backs and has shown great patience in his elevation through our pathway into the main squad.

“Besides his athleticism, Harry is one of the most competitive guys I’ve coached, and his positive energy drives others around him.

“We’ve all seen in the back half of the Shute Shield and in the Australian U20’s matches this year what a dynamic player Teddy Wilson is.

“Besides his fleet of foot and attacking prowess, he’s as tough as teak, a great cover defender, and extremely competitive.

“It’s great that we can get a set of brothers in our team, especially a couple of Wilsons who will be wearing sky-blue instead of red.”

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Oli Jager: Injury Update

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Following an injury sustained towards the end of NPC 2022, Oli Jager has undergone surgery on his neck. 

 

The surgery was a success and he’s progressing well with rehab, having recently returned to some gym-based training and conditioning. He will progress to contact and scrummaging once cleared by the specialist.

 

His return to play date is uncertain at this stage and will depend on his progress over the next weeks and months. Oli and the wider team are committed to him playing an active role in the team environment throughout the 2023 season

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All Blacks halfback Folau Fakatava taking no chances in race to be fit for 2023 World Cup

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“In rugby you can’t control when you get injured,” Fakatava told Newshub. “All you can do is come back stronger.”

And with the World Cup kicking off in September, that’s exactly what the two test All Black plans to do.

Fakatava got a taste of international rugby in 2022 – he was part of the All Blacks squad all year but was limited to just two appearances off the bench before his season ended.

“I was really hurt when I heard I’d torn my ACL,” he continued. “But at the same time, you really can’t do anything about it.”

But as Fakatava chases one of three halfback spots in Ian Foster’s World Cup squad, he’s taken matters into his own hands.

“I’ve decided not to do the surgery,” he revealed. “My goal this year is to be back out there for the World Cup.”

A third ACL surgery would’ve ruled him out of contention for France, as a conversation with the All Blacks doctor James McGarvey reassured Fakatava avoiding surgery could work.

“He had a look at my other knee, and found out there’s no ACL in that. 

“That gave me confidence to hopefully do that with my other one.”

There are protections in place to ensure Fakatava is back on the field as close to the start of Super Rugby as possible.

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Reds, Wild Knights partnership continues to provide opportunities for Queensland Rugby

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The Queensland’s Reds’ partnership with the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights continues to reap benefits, with Buildcorp Reds Academy Ryan Schultz travelling to Japan to undertake professional development under Wild Knights coach Robbie Deans.

Schultz, who coaches Queensland’s U18 side and the Anglican Church Grammar School First XV outfit, spent 11-days immersed in the League One program, learning directly from Deans and his coaching group in Saitama.

Schultz was a part of two game days and a full training week, a unique and exclusive opportunity made possible by Queensland’s relationship with their sister-state club.

“I was fully immersed in their training week,” Schultz said. 

“I was involved in coaching meetings, player meetings, leadership meetings and their training sessions.

“Luckily enough they had a B’s game on the Saturday, followed by Sunday where they played Toyota Verblitz so I got that full week experience of game to game.”

Schultz relished the opportunity to learn from Deans, who has delivered the Wild Knights five premierships in his eight-year tenure.

“It was awesome to be able to see Robbie Deans as a head coach and leader,” Schultz said.

“Seeing him operate behind the scenes, in the meeting rooms with coaches and players, and then on the training paddock was awesome.

“He’s been there for eight seasons so it’s a really well-established program and a real player-led environment.

“The field belongs to the players, so it was really good to see that in real-time and then how that’s developed away from the training paddock.”

Now back in Australia, Schultz will bring his learnings to Queensland’s next generation of Reds with his role as head coach of the Reds U18s and Tier 2 Academy squad.

From the attacking focus of the Japanese game, to Deans’ emphasis on core skills, Schultz has returned from his trip as a better coach.

“Robbie has a big philosophy around accuracy coming first – that technical skill development,” Schultz said.

“Being able to execute skills under pressure is a big thing, so I think how we develop that in our training programs at the Reds will be really important.

“At the moment we’re focusing a lot on technical skill development, so it really reinforced what we’ve been planning and implementing here.

“Japan play exciting, attacking footy over there, there’s a lot less focus on kicking and more around attack.

“I was able to pick up a lot of detail around the attacking part of the game and the skillset.

Following Queensland’s inaugural tour to Japan last October, Schultz’s visit is another example of the partnership paying dividends for Queensland Rugby.

“It’s an awesome partnership,” Schultz said.

“I know the Reds squad really enjoyed their tour on November and being there and talking to the Panasonic staff about it, it was really beneficial to them.

“To be able to over and learn and grow, and then bring that back to our Academy is really exciting.”

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