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Manly's lead at the top of the Tooheys New Shute Shield table has been cut with Sydney University overcoming the competition front-runners to retain the Sir Roden Cutler Shield. It was a fantastic day of club Rugby, with Super 14 stars stepping out across Sydney.
Teams have been announced for the round ten of the 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield to be played on 30-31 May.
The Tooheys New Shute Shield's status as Australia's premier club Rugby competition will receive another boost in round ten with the addition of more Super 14 and Wallaby stars to the competition.
Interesting results across Sydney in the Tooheys New Shute Shield have seen the top six move to a five-point buffer over the rest of the competition.
The Tooheys New Shute Shield lifts in standard again this week with the return of players from Super 14 commitments to the nation's leading club Rugby competition.
In a week which will have a major bearing on the competition table, all teams in the top eight of the Tooheys New Shute Shield face-off against each other in round nine.
Chris Hickey has capped his first year at the helm of the HSBC Waratahs by collecting the Australian Super 14 Coach of the year Award.
The HSBC Waratahs have been rewarded for their season as the most successful Australian Super 14 side, making up almost one-third of the first Wallaby squad selected for 2009.
HSBC Waratahs No.8 Wycliff Palu has won the Matthew Burke Cup for the second straight year after being voted the NSW players' player of the 2009 Super 14.
Teams have been announced for the round nine of the 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield to be played on Saturday 23 May.
Gordon put their Tooheys New Shute Shield opponents on notice today with a 43-8 demolition of defending premiers Sydney University at Chatswood Oval.
The HSBC Waratahs have come from behind in the second half to score a bonus point victory over the Lions and keep their semi-final hopes alive.
The HSBC Waratahs play their final match of the 2009 Super 14 regular season on Friday (Saturday morning AEST) when they clash with the Lions at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.
The International Rugby Board Council has today approved 10 of the 13 global Experimental Law Variations for adoption into the Laws of the Game - with implementation at international level from 23 May.
Four of the top six teams take on each other in a round eight of the Tooheys New Shute Shield, with this week's fixtures sure to again have a dramatic impact on the table as the competition nears the halfway mark.