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Fresh bunch of Tahs ready to be revealed

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Josh Rakic

THE INSIDE BACK

The Waratahs squad for next year will be announced this week and it's becoming more likely that a head coach will also be appointed. It is believed Michael Cheika will be confirmed by Friday with a long-term deal that will see him link with interim coach Allan Gaffney. It often gets overlooked that Gaffney coached Ireland to an upset win of the Wallabies at last year's World Cup. He and Cheika have a great relationship and will work well together. So far as the squad goes, notable omissions include Dan Vickerman, Dean Mumm and Daniel Halangahu. South African import Sarel Pretorius is still contracted but his manager is free to negotiate a new deal elsewhere. It's expected he will either return home or link with Michael Foley at the Western Force. The biggest inclusion is former Brumbies flanker Michael Hooper, who is part of Robbie Deans's Wallabies team.

Members only

With Waratahs memberships having officially gone on sale this week, interim coach Allan Gaffney has penned a letter to existing members detailing the side's horror season and urging them to stick solid with the side. The Inside Back got hold of the letter and here are some of the more telling parts. ''The wind of change has blown through this place and it's reinvigorated things,'' Gaffney wrote. ''We can't shy away from the fact that last season was extremely disappointing for everyone, including the players, coaching staff and, of course, our members. No one here is sitting on their hands. We are reinvigorated and keen to get on with next season. The players agreed that as a group they need to take more responsibility on the field and be more accountable. The meeting was extremely positive … Here's hoping for a new start in 2013.''

Wobbly relations

A high-profile Wallaby has just split with an equally well-known Australian media identity after a secret relationship. Hush.

Detested figure

Which NSW cricketer is growing more unpopular by the week among colleagues at Moore Park? The Inside Back understands his car was keyed earlier this year in the team car park.

Fathers in running

Cameron Smith, Nathan Hindmarsh, Michael Ennis and John Sutton have been nominated in the annual Sports Dad of the Year awards, where the athlete with the most public votes will win $5000 to donate to their charity of choice. New dad and V8 Supercars driver Mark Winterbottom has also been nominated, joining cyclist Stuart O'Grady and Socceroo Brett Emerton, among others. Votes can be cast at sportsdads.com.au and will be accepted until August 28. The winner will be announced on Father's Day.

Rocky's road

Contrary to reports, Rocky Elsom's contract with Japanese side Kobe Steel is far from having been torn up. Given his shoulder injury, the terms of Elsom's contract are still being negotiated. And while he does have links with Narbonne Racing Club in France, if the breakaway were to play in Europe he wouldn't be playing second division.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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