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    Waratahs unchanged for final

    2014-07-29 07:29

    Sydney - The Waratahs are injury-free and have named an unchanged line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders.

    Head coach Michael Cheika has named the line-up which beat the Brumbies 26-8 last weekend to give the Waratahs their first-ever home final.

    Wing Peter Betham is on an extended, nine-man bench which will be trimmed to eight players by kick-off.

    Five members of the starting line-up - Rob Horne, Kurtley Beale, Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson - played in the 2008 final against the Crusaders in Christchurch, which was the last time the Waratahs reached the championships match.

    The Crusaders will be bidding for their eighth Super Rugby title - their first since 2008 - while the Waratahs are chasing their first.

    Teams:

    Waratahs

    15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Stephen Hoiles, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

    Substitutes (from): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Jeremy Tilse, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Peter Betham

    Crusaders

    TBA

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