Sydney - Waratahs coach Michael Foley has made one change to the starting
line-up for Saturday's clash against the Force at the
Sydney Football Stadium.
Former Force player, Jono Jenkins, comes in as openside
flank to replace Pat McCutcheon who dislocated his ankle during the
Waratahs's 18-17 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday. Chris
Alcock is back on the bench after suffering a headknock in the round two
win over the Melbourne Rebels.
Foley has opted for five forwards on the bench with the
return of Wallaby lock Sitaleki Timani from a stint in Japanese club
rugby. His brother Lopeti has also been named despite being stuck in New
Zealand trying to sort out his visa so he can re-enter Australia.
Last week, he had to travel to his home country of Tonga to ensure he
could get a visa clearance to enter New Zealand and play for the
Waratahs against the Highlanders in Dunedin last Saturday.
Wallabies No 8 Wycliff Palu has also been ruled out. Palu
failed to recover sufficiently from the lower leg injury that kept him
out of last week’s match.
He had a light training run on Tuesday but was unable to
get the tick of approval from medical staff with Tevita Metuisela
retained at No 8.
Waratahs: 15 Bernard Foley, 14 Tom
Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Daniel
Halangahu (captain), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Tevita Metuisela, 7 Jono Jenkins, 6 Dave
Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn
Substitutes: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Lopeti Timani, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Tom Carter