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Waratahs prop forced into early retirement

Damaging runner: Benn Robinson.

Waratahs and Wallabies stalwart Benn Robinson is toughness personified but the big prop's bottom lip quivered when he told a packed media conference on Tuesday the news no one wanted to hear.

Hooper wins round one with McCaw's heir Cane

Blue patch: Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper on the way to scoring one of his two tries against the Chiefs.

Bob Dwyer must be having a wry grin to himself. Not long after he listed Michael Hooper as the worst-performing Australian No.7 in a classic gee-up, Hooper's form began to rise sharply.

Chiefs victory most important of season: Mumm

Blue patch: Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper on the way to scoring one of his two tries against the Chiefs.

Dean Mumm has labelled a surprise win against the Chiefs on Friday evening as the Waratahs most important of their season and says it shows that NSW can beat anyone on their day, and more importantly, New Zealand teams in general.

Gibson backs Tahs' stars to hurt England

Man on fire: Israel Folau makes a break on Friday night.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says England coach Eddie Jones and his team should sit up and pay attention to the dazzling form of his Wallabies representatives in what the NSW mentor has predicted will be an difficult assignment for the tourists ahead of their three-Test series in June.

Rampant Waratahs shock Chiefs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27:  Michael Hooper of the Waratahs celebrates with his team mates after scoring a try during ...

The NSW Waratahs have silenced their doubters and sent a resounding message to the Brumbies that they mean business after a 20-point victory over the table-topping Chiefs in their most complete performance of the season.

Tah's future in jeopardy after eye drama

Frustrating time: Benn Robinson.

The NSW Waratahs most capped player in history may never play another game of football and is weighing up his future after being told by doctors a serious eye injury could force him into premature retirement.

Tahs believe crusade isn't over

Dejected: The Waratahs following their 29-10 loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The first 20 minutes of their 29-10 loss to the Crusaders was "inexcusable", but it was the next 60 that have given NSW hope that a blip in New Zealand won't be the beginning of the end for their season.

Crusaders gives Waratahs dose of reality

Full flight: Israel Folau carves up the Crusaders' defence to score.

The NSW Waratahs have plummeted back to reality with the biggest loss of their season and failed to break a 12-year drought against the Crusaders away from home, going down by 19 points in difficult conditions.

Guildford says he has a point to prove against Crusaders

Zac Guildford.

Zac Guildford went from being part of a winning All Blacks World Cup squad to playing Shute Shield in the suburbs of Sydney, but says he has a major point to prove against his former club the Crusaders as he tries to get his career heading in the right direction.

Horwitz relishing chance to fill Beale's shoes

Backed by teammates: David Horwitz passes the ball during a Waratahs training session.

Waratahs youngster David Horwitz wants to be his own man and says he won't be daunted by the challenge of slotting into Kurtley Beale's vacant inside centre spot against the Crusaders on Friday in what will be the biggest game of his career to-date.