Waratahs retain Wallaby duo

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:12
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Dave Dennis and Rob Horne have become the latest players to re-commit to the Waratahs.

Dave Dennis and Rob Horne have become the latest players to re-commit to the Waratahs.

The Wallaby pair on Sunday confirmed they have signed new deals that will see them stay in Australia, Dennis until the end of the 2015 season and Horne until the end of 2014.

First capped by NSW in 2008, Horne earned his 50th state cap against the Western Force at Allianz Stadium earlier this season and has now represented his state on 60 occasions.  

“I have loved representing NSW, especially this year,” said Horne. “We put a lot into this season and I’m looking forward to the challenge of next year and what we hope will be a successful season in 2014.”

The centre took his Test cap tally to 15 when he ran on as a substitute against the British and Irish Lions during the second Test in Melbourne.

“Representing my country means a great deal to me so I’m really pleased to be staying in Australia, especially with so much to look forward to in the coming seasons.

“The opportunity to continually push myself and improve was in my decision, as was the chance to be a part of the continued strengthening of rugby in NSW, I am really exciting at what I think this group can achieve.”

The 2012 NSW Players’ Player of the Year, Dennis first represented his state in 2007 and has this year led the Waratahs through a transformational season.

Although unable to add his tally of 15 Test caps, all earned in his debut season, Dennis captained NSW in the historic match against the British and Irish Lions and the impressive back row forward says his hunger for further honours was the driving factor in his decision.

“I have really enjoyed my time with the Wallabies and I’m really keen to play as many more Tests as I can in the gold jersey, plus it’s really exciting to be around the Waratahs,” said Dennis, who has represented NSW on 63 occasions over seven years.

“There are obvious changes being made here [NSW] and I want to be around that, that’s the main reason I’m here.

“I still feel as if I can achieve more and I really want to keep working hard to try and get back in the Test fold and contribute to winning a first ever Super Rugby title here with the Waratahs.

“Everyone has really worked hard to change and create winning environment, the work ethic of all the boys and everyone in the organisation has really helped. I’ve been extremely proud every time I’ve run out with the boys.

“We’re really disappointed to miss out on the final this season but we’ve achieved a lot in terms of changing the culture and that’s something we can build on next season.”   

The pair join fellow forwards Sekope Kepu, Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota Nau and Benn Robinson, and backs Adam Ashley-Cooper and new signing Nick Phipps in committing to NSW and Australian Rugby for 2014.

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