Foley returns for Waratahs
Melbourne - Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has made several changes to
his starting line-up for Friday's clash with the Rebels in Melbourne, as the
team try to win back the Weary Dunlop Shield.
The Sydneysiders welcome back Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley
who has been sidelined for the first four weeks while going through the return
to play concussion protocols after a head knock during the trial game against
After earning his first Waratahs cap in round three, Jake
Gordon’s good form will see him start at scrumhalf, with Jed Holloway and Ned
Hanigan also set to start after returning from injury in round four.
“For Jake it is an opportunity as a promising young player
and he deserves a chance”, said Gibson.
“Jake’s got an eye for a gap, he’s a strong runner, he plays
a lot on instincts and he is a good kicker of the ball.
“Ned came on and made a nice impact (last week). He has
always been past his age group, (and at number) 6 or 4 he is a very versatile
player. I like what he brings to the team… He has got immense ability and it is
a good opportunity on a bigger stage to really cement himself.”
Further changes to positions will see Israel Folau back in
the number 15 jersey, with Andrew Kellaway on the wing and David Horwitz starting
in the centres alongside veteran Rob Horne.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Rob Horne, 12
David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8
Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean
Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Substitutes: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18
David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Nick Phipps, 22
Cam Clark, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro