Cape Town - Waratahs boss Daryl Gibson has named his side for Sunday's
clash with the Crusaders in Sydney with Mack Mason set to make his Super
Rugby debut when he steps into the No 10 jersey with Bernard Foley
Kick-off is at 08:05 SA time.
"Mack’s a really calm, cool-headed young kid. We brought him down
last year in November and has been working really well and he’s really
earnt an opportunity to start for us," said Gibson.
"He has been one of the top performers for the Australian Under-20’s, he’s
had that experience down at the (Melbourne Storm - NRL), so he’s
certainly had a widened and varied pathway to us and I’m really looking
forward to him going on Sunday."
Mason was one of the stand out players part of the Australian Under-20
side in 2016 that went on to claim victory against New Zealand.
Further changes will see Rio Olympian Cam Clark starting at fullback
with Israel Folau moving back into the centres, as Rob Horne has been
ruled out due to a low grade hamstring injury.
“Cam has been one of those guys who have been toiling away in the
background - I’ve been really impressed with his performances coming off
the bench,” added Gibson.
“Certainly with Rob Horne’s injury it’s a necessity to make that change for us, pushing Israel up.
“It’s a great opportunity for a young guy to really nail down that position and see what he can do at this level.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Gibson stressed the importance of a full eighty-minute performance from the home side.
"The games they have played, they’ve been behind in three of those
and have come storming to win," he said. So we know if we are going to
beat them we have got to play for 80 minutes and be right in there for
the whole fight.”
15 Cam Clark, 14 Reece Robinson,
13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Mack Mason,
9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned
Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom
Substitutes: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18
David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Nick Phipps, 22
Irae Simone, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro
Havili, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George
Bridge,10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt
Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3
Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20
Pete Samu, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Manasa Mataele