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Michael Cheika
Head Coach
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Daryl Gibson
Assistant Coach
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Nathan Grey
Assistant Coach
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Tim Kelaher
Chief Scout
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Tim Rapp
NSW Under 20s Coach

Team Staff



Sam Cashman - Logistics Manager

Head Coach Michael Cheika’s right-hand man, Sam is responsible for much of the day-to-day logistical operations of the Waratahs both at home and on tour. It’s his third year with the Waratahs after having previously worked for the Australian Rugby Union.


Anthony Wakeling - High Performance Analyst

A former analyst with the Wallabies, ‘Mudge’ and his video camera joined the Waratahs in 2008 to provide technical, analytical and statistical support to the whole team.


Haydn Masters - Athletic Development Manager

The brains behind the Waratahs strength and conditioning program, Haydn brings much expertise having previously worked for the Western Force, ARU and London Broncos RLFC. His third year with the Waratahs and eighth in Super Rugby.


Tom Tombleson - Strength & Conditioning Coach

A former England Sevens player and first grader for Randwick, Tom has a master’s degree in excercise physiology and is responsible for preparing the Waratahs squad in the gym.


Keiran Cleary - Physiotherapist

After working with Sydney University and the Junior Waratahs, Keiran joined the squad as head physiotherapist ahead of the 2009 Super 14 season.


Maria Nibali - Sport Science & Research Manager

Having completed a PhD at the Australian Institute of Sport, Maria has recently joined the NSW Waratahs to direct high-performance research, in particular driving the use of data analytics to enhance performance.


Alex Hill - Physiotherapist

In her second season with the Waratahs, Alex brings over 20 years' sports physiotherapy experience, having worked with elite tri-athletes, swimmers and AFL players.


Russell Fairfax - Media and Special Projects Manager

A former Waratah, Russell returns after 25 years in the media to handle the team’s media commitments.