26 Feb 2009

Waratahs in luck again

2:32 pm on 26 February 2009

The New South Wales Waratahs will face an injury-depleted New Zealand rugby side for the second week in a row after the Highlanders captain Jimmy Cowan was ruled out of Friday night's Super 14 clash in Sydney.

It continues a run of luck for the Australian sides after the Waratahs encountered an under-strength Chiefs last week and the ACT Brumbies downed a Crusaders side missing three stars, including captain Richie McCaw.

Cowan has succumbed to an elbow injury sustained during his side's opening round loss to the Brumbies, while All Blacks prop Jamie Mackintosh is out with a knee injury.

Thatt leaves Adam Thomson as the Highlanders' only current All Black for the Sydney Football Stadium clash with the unbeaten Waratahs.