Former Parramatta Eels lock Tepai Moeroa has been dealing with a knee complaint but could fill Walton’s void in the No.12 jersey for Saturday’s all-important derby in the nation’s capital.
With Waratahs recruit Izaia Perese suspended until round six following his dangerous tackle on Hunter Paisami, Newsome could shift into the centres.
“Nobby has been a leader the whole year,” Waratahs winger James Ramm said of Newsome. “He’s been around a fair while, he’s well respected by all the boys. He’ll have no trouble stepping up there.
“He’s been vice-captain before and he’s a massive leader within the team. The amount of talk he gets through on the field and at training is crazy.”
Some thought Newsome would captain NSW…