Can The Waratahs Go Back-To-Back?

NSW Waratahs. Image courtesy of: Brett Costello
The Waratahs have the squad to win back-to-back titles. Image courtesy of: Brett Costello

Can the Waratahs go back-to-back? Will Sonny Bill Williams win another title with the Chiefs? Can Karmichael Hunt cut it in the 15-man code? These are just some of the questions being asked before a whistle is even blown in Super Rugby’s 2015 season. To help answer some of those questions, TattsBet has analysed some of the favourites and given their verdict on the season ahead.

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Israel Folau
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Waratahs



Last year’s finish: Champions

Key Player:
Israel Folau

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The Tahs broke an 18-year drought last year, winning their maiden Super Rugby title with a thrilling 33-32 victory over the Crusaders. With the likes of Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Michael Hooper and Israel Folau in career-best form, the Waratahs are sure to have another crack at the trophy this season.



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Nemani Nadolo
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Crusaders



Last year’s finish: Runners Up

Key Player:
Nemani Nadolo

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Last year’s runners up will no doubt have an axe to grind this season. The seven-time Super Rugby champions have nine All Blacks in their starting line-up and look to push for another title. Any team with All Black legend Dan Carter in it is always a chance of raising the championship at the end of the season. If both Richie McCaw and Kieran Read, who both missed a fair amount of rugby last season, can stay on the paddock, Crusaders fans will like their chances come August.



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Christian Lealiifano
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Brumbies



Last year’s finish: 4th

Key Player:
Christian Lealiifano

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The Brumbies relinquished the title of Australia’s best Super Rugby team last season, and will look to reclaim that mantle. As long as Stephen Moore leads the charge, the Brumbies are always going to be one of heavy hitters of the competition. If scrum-half Nic White and fly-half Matt Toomua combine the way they did at the back end of last season, the team from our nation’s capital will be a force in 2015.



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Sonny Bill Williams
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Chiefs



Last year’s finish: 5th

Key Player:
Sonny Bill Willaims

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The Chiefs are again one of the heavyweights heading into the 2015 season. The signing of Sonny Bill Williams was a huge coup for Waikato, given he was one of the main reasons they won their maiden title back in 2012. His combination with fly-half Aaron Cruden is sure to worry more than a few teams and the emergence of winger James Lowe would have many people believing the Chiefs can win their third Super Rugby Championship in four years.



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James O'Conner
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Reds



Last year’s finish: 13th

Key Player:
James O'Conner

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The Reds are a far cry from the team that won the competition in 2011. Winning just five games all year had them finish 13th last season and having to settle for watching the finals from home. But the signing of former NRL and AFL superstar Karmichael Hunt and Australian International James O’Conner means good things are on the horizon. Their combination with Will Genia and Quade Cooper is sure to turn a few heads this season, as long as the two former internationals can recapture their game-winning form.

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