Foley ruled out of Brumbies showdown
Sydney - Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley has been ruled out of
Saturday's clash with the Brumbies as he is still recovering from a head knock
sustained during the pre-season.
The 27-year-old was set to make his first appearance in this
year's tournament but was ruled out when he failed to meet concussion protocols
after the Waratahs' captain's run in Sydney on Friday.
"Bernard isn't quite 100 percent and still
experiencing some symptoms," Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson told AAP.
"He has trained all week and completed his cognitive
tests. We have seen improvements but he still has some symptoms lingering.
"It's frustrating for Bernard being so very close - he
more than anyone wants to be back out on the field.
"But we won't want to push him so we'll give him more
time and ensure we take all the necessary precautions to get him back to 100
Bryce Hegarty, who was initially bracketed with Foley will
start at flyhalf for the fourth game in a row while David Horwitz will start on
the replacements bench.
15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece
Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce
Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6
Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1
Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David
Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Michael Wells, 22 Jake
Gordon, 23 David Horwitz
Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11
Nigel Ah Wong, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Lolo
Fakaosilea, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan
Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander
Substitutes: 16 Robbie
Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua’Iali’i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20
Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Andrew Smith