Hewat is Burke’s pick

Former Wallabies and NSW fullback Matt Burke has backed Waratahs No 15 Peter Hewat to earn his first Test cap this season.

Burke, who recently re-signed with English club the Newcastle Falcons until 2008, said the form of the Waratahs team and its players should force new Test coach John Connolly’s hand at the selection table.

“I’ve seen a couple of games and they’re playing some good football, they’re playing expansive football, knowing when to take it tight and that sort of stuff,” Burke told the Sydney Morning Herald. “They’re getting the right mix of how to play this competition. The battle the Waratahs have had in the past is keeping that consistency and they’ve been going extremely well.”

“And that obviously follows that they’ve got some talent in the team, and with a new Australian coach it should be pretty easy to pick (the Wallabies team), it picks itself, as (SW are) one of the form teams in the competition.”

“You’ve got a number of guys who are going well, and the first one that springs to mind is Hewat. He’s killing it again, and he didn’t get a show last year so hopefully they’ll give him a go this year.”

The former NSW captain has been watching the progress of the Waratahs this season and believes the current outfit is a genuine contender for a title that has eluded them for 10 years.