Wallabies skills coach Mick Byrne has rejected Alan Jones' suggestion Israel Folau is overrated and urged senior Waratahs players to relax and not try too hard in their quest to get a win against the Queensland Reds.
Wallabies Nick Phipps and Dean Mumm return for the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby derby against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Waratahs and NSW Rugby Union chief executive Andrew Hore accepts it will take some time to restore faith among fans following the lowest-ever Waratahs home crowd on Friday.
Karmichael Hunt admits the Queensland Reds can't afford to lose another Australian conference derby if they are to reach the Super Rugby finals, underlining the importance of Saturday's clash with the NSW Waratahs.
Roger Davis and Andrew Hore back Waratahs coach despite calls for him to be sacked.
Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has come out swinging by suggesting four local Super Rugby teams is the right way forward and that Australian rugby has a major problem when it comes to developing players and coaches.
Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones speaks with Fairfax Media about the issues affecting Australian rugby and the day he invited Bill Pulver to his house.
Grand slam-winning Wallabies coach Alan Jones believes the time is right for the NSW coach to step down.
Waratahs captain Michael Hooper says his side's defeat to the Southern Kings was one of the lowest moments in his time at NSW.
Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer has slammed on the NSW side after their loss to the Kings.
The Waratahs are in the midst of a crisis after suffering one of the most embarrassing defeats in the club's history.
Waratahs halfback Jake Gordon says he is trying not to think about a potential Wallabies selection showdown with teammate Nick Phipps later in the year following his invitation to a camp by national coach Michael Cheika last week.
Waratahs captain Michael Hooper says it is imperative his men get off to a good start on Friday and has made it clear NSW will eye off a bonus point win against the struggling Southern Kings in Sydney.
The Waratahs have been Super Rugby's worst first-half performers this year, which has prompted coaching staff to implement a plan of running the ball more and kicking less this week against the Kings.
Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has warned his players about the dangers the Southern Kings will pose this Friday evening given they're fighting for Super Rugby survival next year.
Gibson concedes that it was sad to see an Australian side dropped but says it is important to have a Japanese presence.
NSW say they will continue to focus on themselves as they begin the long road to resurrecting their season from 15th spot on the Super Rugby ladder.
What rugby needs right now is to nurture the love once more.
Waratahs back-rower Ned Hanigan says he was shocked to receive an invitation from Michael Cheika to a Wallabies catch-up camp early next week in Canberra after playing just 263 minutes of Super Rugby.
Waratahs coaches Daryl Gibson and Nathan Grey have implored SANZAAR to take a harsher stance on deliberate knock-downs after Hurricanes five-eighth Beauden Barrett was shown two yellow cards at critical moments on Friday.