As they begin their last week of pre-season training before taking a well-earned Christmas break, we asked some of the HSBC Waratahs what’s at the top of their Christmas list.
“An upgrade to Fox HD please, and maybe a 3D TV,” was Assistant Coach Scott Bowen’s response.
“A bit of sunshine and a good feed,” was the request from lock Kane Douglas.
Defence Coach Greg Mumm said, “I’ve asked my mum for a pair of Asics Tigers or a nice meal out somewhere, either something Japanese or Kingsleys Steakhouse.”
New dad John Ulugia responded with, “Some sleep! And a break from the city to spend some time with my partner Georgina and new daughter Ivona.”
His sentiments were echoed by the team’s General Manager Chris Webb, whose response was, “Three days’ sleep.”
Having recently returned to Australia from Ireland, Senior Assistant Coach Alan Gaffney asked for “a great Australian summer – or at least some warm gear for training!”
Two players who will also welcome the return of the sunshine in the hope of making the most of their Christmas gifts are are Scottish-born Brendan McKibbin, who hopes for a remote controlled helicopter, and Brackin Karauria-Henry for whom a surfboard is top of the list.
But it was Daniel Halangahu’s response typified those of many of his team mates. “A week off and a big Christmas lunch,” he said.
The squad will be back in training in the New Year, in time for their first Super XV fixture on Saturday 25 February against defending champions Queensland Reds.Like Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.