27 May 2009

Wallabies to play for Nick Shehadie Trophy

7:29 am on 27 May 2009

The Wallabies will play the Barbarians for the inaugural Nick Shehadie Trophy in their ground-breaking rugby clash at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday week.

Sir Nicholas Shehadie is a Wallabies legend, a former Test captain and a past Australian Rugby Union President whose links with the Barbarians go back more than 60 years.

He played against the Barbarians on the Wallabies' 1947-48 tour to the UK, Ireland and France and for them against the touring Wallabies 10 years later.

He was the first player from a touring international team to turn out for the Barbarians against his own country.

The Barbarians' first game in Australia will see three past and present Wallabies, flankers Phil Waugh and Rocky Elsom and halfback Chris Whitaker, playing for the invitation side.