Dennis opens door for Waratahs return

Dave Dennis could well end up playing for the Waratahs again once he leaves the club at the end of the season after admitting he might be open to a return to the club after his upcoming move to England.

The second row is set to move to the English Premiership at the end of the Super Rugby campaign after agreeing a three-year contract with the Exeter Chiefs.

The Waratahs club captain might be set to end his time in Sydney after over 100 appearances, but Dennis is definitely not willing to close the book on his time with his childhood club for good. He has revealed he could return to Australia after his spell in England. 

The 30-year-old has a number of things he wishes to achieve over the next few years, one of which is trying to earn a recall into the Wallabies team for their upcoming Tests against England. The forward has fallen out of the Australia set-up over the past couple of years, but Dennis’ form this season could well be enough to convince Michael Cheika he deserves another chance.

A move to England won’t help the veteran’s chances of catching the eye of the national team’s selectors, but there is still plenty of time left this year to work his way back into contention if he can help the Waratahs turn their disappointing season around.


Dennis made the decision to sign for Exeter at the start of the season, as he was keen to sample life in another country after spending almost 10 years at the club he signed for in 2007.
Former Chiefs captain Dean Mumm, who now plays alongside Dennis with the Waratahs, played a role in the second row deciding to sign for the Premiership team and gave the English club a glowing reference following his three season stay at Sandy Park.

With his future now clear, Dennis will be determined to end his time with the Waratahs on a high, although a slow start to the season has left the club priced at around 40/1 with bet365 and other betting sites to top the table this year. 

Dennis has seen plenty of change during his time with the Tahs, playing under five coaches (Ewen McKenzie, Chris Hickey, Michael Foley, Cheika and now Daryl Gibson) over the course of his 100 appearances.

While this season hasn’t gone as planned, there are still more than enough talented players in this squad to turn it around, although the club will need to start putting together a winning run as soon as possible.

Having topped the Australia Conference last year on their way to the semi-finals, there were many who felt this could well be the Waratahs’ year. Currently 13th in the Super Rugby ladder, though, the club know they face a real battle to not only make it into the latter stages of the Finals but also make the Finals in the first place.

Already 11 points behind eighth place, Dennis and his team are going to need to really start putting together a string of results right away if they are going to have any chance of success.