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By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit
Rugby Union legend Sir Henry Braddon will be honoured on Thursday night at the final pre-season game at Brookvale Oval when the Waratahs take on the Highlanders.
Listed as the number two All Black, having playing in their first ever team in 1884, Braddon later went on to play for New South Wales from 1888-1892.
He was Captain of New South Wales fifteens in 1892 and later, following his playing career, he served as NSW Rugby Union President.
Well respected across both sides of the Tasman for his rugby talents, it is fitting the Aussie Waratahs and Kiwi Highlanders will be putting pride on the line when they play for the Sir Henry Braddon Cup.
The Waratahs vs Highlanders match up on Thursday night kicks off at 6:30pm at the iconic Brookvale Oval on the Sydney Northern Beaches.
It marks the final trial game for the Tahs ahead of the first round of the Vodafone Super Rugby Season which which kicks off on Saturday 25 February at Allianz Stadium.
The first home game of the season will see a new look Waratahs side go head to head with the Western Force.
Sir Henry Braddon
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