The captains of the five Australia Super Rugby franchises assembled in Sydney this week to launch the 2015 season, with the iconic Harbour Bridge providing an appropriate backdrop as the Waratahs aim to defend their maiden crown they so memorably clinched last year.
“We’ve spoken about it as a team, and we’re going to need to be a better team to experience similar results,” said Waratahs captain Dave Dennis, who devastatingly missed his team’s run to the title due to a knee injury.
It’s shaping as a huge year for the Australian outfits, with the big-spending Reds desperate to resurface as a contender after a dismal 2014 and the Brumbies looking to take the next step after being bounced by the Waratahs at the semi-final stage last season.
The Force narrowly missed out on a breakthrough playoffs appearance last year in a season of tremendous progress, while the battling Rebels have the potential to surprise a few sides and claim an unprecedented mid-table finish.
Hear Dennis’ thoughts, plus Michael Foley’s take on the Force’s improvement, Stephen Larkham talking about the return of David Pocock from injury, James Slipper’s excitement about having Karmichael Hunt on-board, and Scott Higginbotham spruiking the benefits of cult hero Radike Samo’s arrival.