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The Tooheys New Shute Shield kicks off around Sydney this weekend with six matches including the ABC TV Match of the Day between Eastwood and Manly.
A week of injuries and illnesses within the squad delayed the naming of the HSBC Waratahs to face the Blues, with Head Coach Chris Hickey finalising his squad following today's Captain's Run at Eden Park.
Former Wallabies prop Ron Graham has today been elected as Australian Rugby Union President for a two-year term.
The HSBC Waratahs have received a boost ahead of Friday's clash with the Blues at Eden Park, with skipper Phil Waugh passed fit following a lower leg injury sustained against the Crusaders.
Teams have been announced for the opening round of the 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield to be played on Saturday 28 March.
The Tooheys New Shute Shield kicks off this weekend, with a return to Grand Finals at the Sydney Football Stadium highlighted during yesterday's Season Launch at the venue.
Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu has been named in a 24-man squad ahead of the HSBC Waratahs clash with the Blues in Auckland on Friday night.
The HSBC Waratahs have suffered another front row injury with Al Baxter ruled out for 3-4 weeks with a calf strain.
The HSBC Waratahs will be without one of their most experienced campaigners for the remainder of the 2009 Super 14 with the news Adam Freier will not play again this season.
The HSBC Junior Waratahs jumped out to an early lead before being overrun by the Brumby Runners, going down 29-13 at Viking Park, Canberra.
The HSBC Waratahs have suffered their first defeat of the 2009 Super 14 campaign, going down to the Brumbies 21-11 at Canberra Stadium tonight.
Sam Norton-Knight will make his 50th appearance for New South Wales tonight when the HSBC Waratahs take on the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
Test No.8 Wycliff Palu has been cleared to play the Brumbies in the HSBC Waratahs' Super 14 local derby in Canberra tomorrow night.
The HSBC Waratahs will finalise their side to play the Brumbies later this week, after today naming a 24-man squad for their round five clash.
The HSBC Waratahs are sitting near the top of the Super 14 ladder, and supporters will have the chance to meet their heroes next week at the 2009 Fan Day, which will be held on Monday 16 March.