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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.
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.
Teams have been announced for the round nine of the 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield to be played on Saturday 23 May.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HSBC Waratahs head coach Chris Hickey has shown faith in the same match day squad which lifted the team to victory on Saturday, with an unchanged line-up selected for the round 14 clash with the Lions in Johannesburg on Friday (Saturday, Sydney time).
Teams have been announced for the round eight of the 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield to be played on Saturday 16 May.
Scrumhalf Brett Sheehan is free to play in the HSBC Waratahs final game of the regular season this Friday after being cleared at a SANZAR Judicial Hearing.
The HSBC Waratahs twice came from behind to record one of the grittiest victories of the 2009 Super 14, keeping the Sharks tryless in a 16-12 win at ABSA Stadium, Durban. Captain Phil Waugh was named Man of the Match in the four point win, NSW's second victory in South Africa in as many weeks, while Brett Sheehan made his 50th NSW appearance from the bench.
The HSBC Waratahs play their second last match of the 2009 Super 14 regular season on Saturday when they clash with the Sharks at ABSA Stadium, Durban.