Aussie latest – Vickerman set for Tahs return

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Vickerman set for Tahs return - Daniel Vickerman has signed for Northampton but will return to Australia in June to join the Waratahs.

Vickerman, who has been studying at Cambridge University in England, confirmed that he will return to top level rugby with the Premiership side. To this point he has been playing for the university.

Vickerman will, however, be available for the latter stages of the Tahs’ Super Rugby campaign. He is expected to play at most 12 matches for the Saints.

‘That’s a really good level of rugby to play at before he comes back,’ Waratahs coach Chris Hickey told the Herald.

‘It will give him really good match conditioning. And we hope that when he does arrive back here, he will be all ready to go. To get someone of his experience back at that stage of the season could be really beneficial, but we really look at him as a bonus rather than as someone you are counting on.’

Meanwhile the Tahs have named their starting line-up for their trial match against Fiji on Saturday.

Waratahs squad - Kurtley Beale, Afa Pakalani, Lachie Turner, Tom Carter, Drew Mitchell, Berrick Barnes, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, Phil Waugh (c), Ben Mowen, Dean Mumm, Kane Douglas, Al Baxter, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu.
Subs: Scott Sio, John Ulugia, Greg Peterson, Dave Dennis, Josh Holmes, Sosene Anesi, Ryan Cross, Ben Seymour, Sitaleki Timani, Paddy Ryan, Chris Alcock, Lopeti Timani, Tom Kingston.