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The selection of David Pocock on the openside flank, with George Smith returning to a place among the run on reserves, represents the only change to the Qantas Wallabies starting side named for Sunday's Lansdowne Cup Test against Ireland in Dublin.
The 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield Finals Series kicks off this weekend with the Elimination Semi-Finals. Saturday's clash sees Gordon (3rd) meet Warringah (6th) at Pittwater Rugby Park in the ABC TV Game of the Day, while Manly (4th) and Eastwood (5th) will do battle on Sunday at Forshaw Rugby Park.
NSW Rugby has again committed to taking the HSBC Waratahs to the people of New South Wales with the release of the team's pre-season schedule ahead of the 2010 Super 14.
The return of George Smith to the starting XV, and the selection of an entirely new midfield combination featuring Digby Ioane and Quade Cooper, are the key changes to the Qantas Wallabies starting line-up that has been named today for Saturday's Cook Cup Test against England in London.
The HSBC Waratahs have further improved the depth in their already impressive forward pack with the signing of New Zealand-born second rower Cam Jowitt.
HSBC Waratahs fans will have a rare opportunity to see their team prepare for the 2010 Super 14 with a series of open training sessions across Sydney, beginning this Monday on the northern beaches at Brookvale Oval.
The HSBC Waratahs' 2010 Super 14 campaign officially started today with the squad returning to the park for day one of pre-season training, buoyed by the news off-season recruit Berrick Barnes would not require surgery on the ankle injury which saw him return home from the Wallabies Spring Tour.
HSBC Waratahs flanker Dean Mumm will lead his country for the first time, while six others could potentially play their maiden matches at senior level for Australia, after all being named in the Wallabies side to play English Premiership club Gloucester in England on Tuesday.
In order to subsidise the cost of sending teams to the 2009 National Under 16 Championships, players for the three New South Wales teams - NSW Country, NSW Schools and Sydney Juniors - were each issued an allocation of raffle tickets to sell, with prizes being donated by the ARU and NSWRU.
HSBC Waratahs prop Benn Robinson has been named as Australia's favourite Rugby player for 2009 at the John Eales Medal ceremony.
Northern Suburbs centre Andrew Smith has claimed the 2009 Ken Catchpole Medal as the most outstanding player of the Tooheys New Shute Shield, the accolade announced at tonight's NSW Rugby Awards at the Citigate Central Sydney.
Nine New South Wales representatives have been named in the Australian Schoolboys team for their Test against the New Zealand Schools at Ballymore on Friday.