The revolving door of Waratahs flyhalves #rugbyunited

Debating over lunch what it will take for the Waratahs to live up to expectations and win a Super Rugby title.

There is general agreement on the key positions in any rugby team – 3, 7, 9 and 10.  In recent years, the Tahs have had quite a serviceable pack!  But we’ve never had a standout, shut-the-gate, world-class flyhalf who has held the position for an extended period, enabling the Tahs to capitalise on the competitiveness of their forwards.

Looking back over the blokes who’ve held the number 10 jersey in the last 15 years, you can see several world-class players, but none have been able to stamp their authority and make the flyhalf position theirs.

Name, Time with the Tahs, Appearances*

  • Barnes BS (Berrick), 2010-2011, 23
  • Beale KJ (Kurtley), 2007-2011, 68
  • Berne SE (Shaun), 2003-2006, 38
  • Bowen S (Scott), 1996-1998, 22
  • Burke MC (Matt), 1996-2004, 79
  • Donnelly TJ (Tim), 2004-2006, 16
  • Edmonds MHM (Manuel), 1998-2002, 44
  • Foley BT (Bernard), 2011, 1
  • Grey NP (Nathan), 1998-2005, 85
  • Halangahu DK (Daniel), 2006-2011, 63
  • Harris SR (Sam), 2001-2008, 28
  • MacKay LJ (Lachlan), 2005, 10
  • McRae DN (Duncan), 1999-2003, 30
  • Norton-Knight SH (Sam), 2006-2009, 49
  • Payne SJ (Sam), 1996-2001, 51
  • Rogers MS (Mat), 2002-2006, 40
  • Spooner NR (Nathan), 1997, 3
  • Wallace TM (Tim), 1996, 3
  • Warner CP (Christian), 1997-2001, 33

* Note that this is total appearances for the Tahs, not just appearances in the number 10 jersey.

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