Damien Fitzpatrick extends Waratahs stay
Cape Town - The Waratahs announced on Tuesday that hooker Damien
Fitzpatrick has extended his contract with the Sydney-based outfit until the
The 29-year-old said the decision to continue playing his
rugby for the Waratahs was an easy one.
“I’m a proud New South Welshman so the decision was an easy
one as I want to remain a Waratah," he told the Waratahs' official
"I enjoy being part of this group, we have a great
squad, a valuable mix of super talent and hard workers. I know how determined
the team is to go one step further next year and bring home the Super Rugby
title, and I want to play my part in that,” he said.
"2018 was about delivering on our potential, we did
that in patches but we know that we can do even better next year. We played
some quality attacking rugby this year that I know the fans enjoyed
Fitzpatrick reached the milestone of 50 games for his State
"That was certainly a proud moment, it didn't come easy
for me and that made it all more the special," he added.
Waratahs assistant coach (forwards), Simon
Cron, said Fitzpatrick adds so much more to the team.
“Fitzy is a great asset to the team in terms of leadership
and experience," he said.
"He has shown his importance to our squad in
consistently performing week in week out and I’m looking forward to seeing him
take another step up next year.
"Having Fitzy and Tolu (Latu) push each other is really
important to the make-up of the squad. We want that kind of competition in
every position and then combine that with JP Sauni who will also be wanting to
apply pressure and take his opportunities when they come.
"They all get on well and will help each other to get
better and it’s enjoyable to watch them want to do well for each other."
Fitzpatrick has also been confirmed as captain of Sydney for
this year’s National Rugby Championship (NRC).
"Playing in the Sydney representative colours will be
special for the team," he said.
"To bring back the traditional Sydney team colours will
add new fire to the Sydney versus Country rivalry and I cannot wait.
"The NRC is a pathway for our players and brings
together the talent of club rugby, emerging and Super Rugby players. It’s an
opportunity for players to play well at a new level, put their hands up and to
get noticed by the Super Rugby coaches."