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Coach looks to recruits

FLY-HALF Daniel Halangahu will captain a NSW rugby union squad containing the Waratahs’ new overseas recruits in the Super 14 outfit’s first trial of the season against the Queensland Reds at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday night.

None of the Waratahs’ Wallabies will play in the four-quarter game, but coach Chris Hickey will use up to 28 players.

Hickey confirmed All Blacks winger/fullback Sosene Anesi, South African-born lock Hendrik Roodt and New Zealand born flanker and lock Cam Jowitt would each make their first appearance in a Waratahs shirt.

“We’re very keen to have a look at those players, we’ve been really impressed with the way they’ve trained,” Hickey said.

“But it’s not until you see players on the park that you get that really strong indication of what they are going to offer.”

Halangahu will get first crack at one of the playmaking roles.

The 25-year-old Sydney University pivot will vie with Kurtley Beale and prize recruit Berrick Barnes for the key inside back position when the Super 14 tournament starts next month.

Hockey said Barnes, who only recently resumed full training following an ankle injury sustained on the Wallabies’ spring tour last year, could now possibly play in the Waratahs’ second trial against Fiji Warriors at Orange on January 30.

After an open training session at Oakes Oval on Friday, the Waratahs will attend a dinner at Southern Cross University.

There will be a junior coaching clinic at SCU on Saturday morning, then abig evening of rugby.

The curtain-raiser will start at 5.15pm between Far North Coast and Gold Coast Breakers, with the main game to kick off at 7.40pm.

Meanwhile, prop Ben Daley has been named captain of an extended Queensland Reds squad of 30, which includes six QAS RedsAcademy players and five players from the new Wider Training Squad.

Head coach Ewen McKenzie has selected two teams to play a half each, with four replacements set to cover both periods – hooker Heath Tessman, centre Michael Bond, and fly-halves Dallan Murphy and Jono Lance.

Four players have also been selected to start both halves – newly contracted scrum-half Richard Kingi, Academy backrower Jake Schatz and locks Adam Byrnes and Van Humphries.