Waratahs

One of the original six teams that launched rugby’s Super era in 1992, success was a long time coming for the Waratahs.

It took 22 long seasons, in fact, for the team that represents one of global rugby’s powerhouse regions to taste success in Super Rugby. But 2014 – when the Waratahs topped the ladder and ultimately claimed the title with a thrilling final victory over the Crusaders – proved well and truly worth the wait. The architect of that victory – coach Michael Cheika – may have moved on, however the Waratahs showed signs in 2016 that they aren’t far off returning to being genuine contenders under former All Black Daryl Gibson.

Superstar fullback Israel Folau is the club’s superstar, having broken the Waratahs’ try scoring record (36 and counting) despite having only joined the code in 2013 following stints in league and AFL.