‘Tahs miss out on TV ad
23 Jan 2006
Australia’s new Super 14 TV commercial was aired for the first time on Sunday night featuring players from each team – except the Waratahs.
They were instead represented by an Ukrainian extra called “Ouri”.
Mark Gerard was there for the Brumbies, Nathan Sharpe represented the Force and Hugh McMeniman put in an appearance for the Reds.
But with Mat Rogers injured in Australia’s Test against Wales the night before the promo was shot in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, little-known “Ouri” scored his first, and almost certainly, only Waratahs jersey.
The commercial, only the second joint effort by the competition’s Sanzar partners, shuns match footage for a laundromat setting, “to convey the anticipation building … and the energy and excitement fans can expect,” said an Australian Rugby Union statement.