As Darren Coleman enters his third year as the Waratahs coach, the team’s future is uncertain. The team has shown promise with two quarter final appearances, but also suffered setbacks including a merger with Rugby Australia and the departure of Michael Hooper. Coleman, a local rugby legend, struggled in the 2023 season, as the team limped to the finish line. The focus on physicality led to predictable tactics and exposed a lack of depth in the squad. Coleman must learn from the mistakes of 2023 and address the team’s weaknesses to improve their chances in the future.