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Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Super 14: "Ouri" gets a Waratahs cap.


A television commercial for the new Super 14 rugby competition went to air on Sunday night featuring players from each team - except the NSW Waratahs.

They were instead represented by an Ukrainian extra called "Ouri".

Mark Gerard was there for the Brumbies, Nathan Sharpe represented the new Western Force and Hugh McMeniman put in an appearance for Queensland.

But with NSW star Mat Rogers injured in Australia's Test against Wales the night before the promo was shot in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, little-known "Ouri" scored his first, and almost certainly, only Waratahs jersey.

The commercial, only the second joint effort by the competition's SANZAR partners, shuns match footage for a laundromat setting, "to convey the anticipation building ... and the energy and excitement fans can expect", said an Australian Rugby Union statement.

Brumbies back Mark Gerrard said the shoot, which took place after last year's end-of-season European tours, had its challenging moments.

"The shoot was one of the most unique experiences I've ever had," he said.

"I don't think any of the boys had ever been to Ukraine before and we didn't really know what to expect, especially when it came to the weather.

"It was absolutely freezing. Every time we had to strip down to our shorts and jerseys we'd all be in stitches. At least it kept us warm."

The commercial's soundtrack was written by Pat Davern and Phil Jamieson of Australian rock band Grinspoon.

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