‘Tahs scrap initial idea

The Waratahs will not wear their controversial initialled jerseys in the Super 14.

The ‘Tahs have reluctantly agreed to a Sanzar demand to remove initials from the back of players jerseys.

The NSW team had experimented with initials instead of numbers in a trial game against the Crusaders on Saturday night, which the Waratahs lost 32-30.

NSWRU chief executive Fraser Neill said he was disappointed by the decision but hoped the team would be able to use the initials in non-broadcast matches in the future.

The existing jerseys will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to children’s hospitals.