Waratahs facing centralisation and identity challenges as Coleman takes charge

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.