HSBC Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the starting XV to play the Rebels in Melbourne this Friday.
After making an impact from the bench in last week’s 28-22 win over the Brumbies, scrumhalf Matt Lucas and inside centre Berrick Barnes earn starts this week, with Brendan McKibbin and Rob Horne included amongst the replacements.
John Ulugia is named at hooker after Tatafu Polota-Nau fractured his forearm in last week’s game. Alongside him, prop Sekope Kepu returns to the run-on side, whilst Paddy Ryan is named on the bench.
The other additions to the matchday 22 are replacement hooker Luke Holmes from Warringah and Sydney University winger Tom Kingston.
The squad travels to Melbourne tomorrow ahead of Friday’s Super Rugby Round 15 match against the Rebels. NSW will be looking to keep their winning record intact, having never lost to the Melbourne side in their five previous encounters.?
HSBC Waratahs team to play the Rebels?Friday May 24, 2013 (7.40pm)?AAMI Park, Melbourne?1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood)?2. John Ulugia (Eastern Suburbs)?3. Sekope Kepu (Randwick)?4. Sitaleki Timani (Southern Districts) ?5. Kane Douglas (Southern Districts) ?6. Dave Dennis (Sydney University, captain)?7. Michael Hooper (Manly) ?8. Wycliff Palu (Manly)?9. Matt Lucas (Manly) ?10. Bernard Foley (Sydney University)?11. Drew Mitchell (Balmain)?12. Berrick Barnes (Sydney University)?13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs) ?14. Peter Betham (Sydney University)?15. Israel Folau (Sydney University)
Replacements?16. Luke Holmes (Warringah)?17. Paddy Ryan (Sydney University) ?18. Will Skelton (Sydney University)?19. Mitchell Chapman (Eastern Suburbs)?20. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs) ?21. Rob Horne (Southern Districts) ?22. Tom Kingston (Sydney University)