Waratahs target Elsom
April 27, 2011
Chris Hickey wants Rocky Elsom to switch to the Waratahs © Getty Images
Waratahs coach Chris Hickey has dismissed reports linking Wales duo Mike Phillips and Dwayne Peel and England's James Haskell with moves the club, but admitted he would like to see Australia captain Rocky Elsom return from next season.
French fly-half Frederic Michalak is another of several international stars linked with a move to Sydney following Kurtley Beale's decision to join the Melbourne Rebels in 2012. However, Hickey, who is et to reveal his own intentions beyond this season, claimed the Frenchman was not even on the club's radar.
"You hear all sorts of names tossed around during a season and sometimes you've only got to have a look at who their managers are to find out where those rumours emanate from, but we're not pursuing any of those players," Hickey said.
But the coach was more forthcoming when asked if he would be interested in signing Elsom, who is yet to re-sign with the Brumbies and Australian Rugby Union for next season.
"Rocky's a player who I think played 66 Super Rugby games for the Waratahs and he's out of contract at the end of this season," he said. "So you're always interested in quality players and particularly with the history that he has with the Waratahs. If he was to return it'd be a great acquisition."
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
"Here is the line-up I believe will take to the field on Saturday, let the abuse commence." Tom Hamilton has a punt at the Lions' starting XV for the first Test in his latest Tour Diary
"At full-time I could not see the field for people dancing in front of me." Tom Hamilton reflects on the Lions' defeat at the hands of the Brumbies in Canberra
To coincide with the Lions' tour of Australia, and in association with Dove Men+Care, we are asking you to vote for the greatest Lions moments of the professional era
"He's full of empathy...he calms the water...he's the Brumbies' saviour," was how a taxi driver in Canberra described Jake White." Tom Hamilton files his latest Tour Diary