Full strength Tahs team ready for first Aussie derby


7/03/2019



By NSW Rugby Media

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson has named a powerful back line ahead of their Aussie derby for Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Queensland Reds at the SCG.

With Adam Ashley-Cooper back to full fitness after coming off the bench in round two, he’ll once again join Karmichael Hunt in the centres, a combination that delivered for the team in round one.

The major shift will see a versatile Kurtley Beale move to fullback, with Israel Folau shifting to the wing and Alex Newsome set to come off the bench.

Coming off a bye week, the NSW Waratahs will be looking for their second win of the year against a fierce rival in the Reds, as they prepare for their first game of 2019 at the iconic SCG.

Gibson said his side had plenty to work on after their narrow one-point win in round two with his team eager to deliver a strong performance in front of a passionate New South Wales crowd.

“We are facing our oldest rival this week and we want to put out the strongest team we can.

“The Reds are a very competitive unit, we saw that last weekend and saw that in their first game. We know what we’re in for.

“We know how important these derbies are from a conference standing, so there is plenty to play for,” he said.

The Waratahs take on the Reds at the SCG at 7.45pm on Saturday night. For tickets – click here.

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NSW WARATAHS TEAM vs REDS

No.

Position

name

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

HARRY JOHNSON-HOLMES

2

HOOKER

DAMIEN FITZPATRICK

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

SEKOPE KEPU

4

LEFT LOCK

JED HOLLOWAY

5

RIGHT LOCK

ROB SIMMONS

6

LEFT FLANKER

NED HANIGAN

7

RIGHT FLANKER

MICHAEL HOOPER (C)

8

NUMBER EIGHT

JACK DEMPSEY

9

SCRUMHALF

JAKE GORDON

10

FLYHALF

BERNARD FOLEY (VC)

11

LEFT WING

CURTIS RONA

12

INSIDE CENTRE

KARMICHAEL HUNT

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER

14

RIGHT WING

ISRAEL FOLAU

15

FULLBACK

KURTLEY BEALE

16.

RESERVE

TATAFU POLOTA-NAU

17.

RESERVE

RORY O’CONNOR

18.

RESERVE

CHRIS TALAKAI

19.

RESERVE

LACHLAN SWINTON

20.

RESERVE

WILL MILLER

21.

RESERVE

MITCH SHORT

22.

RESERVE

MACK MASON

23.

RESERVE

ALEX NEWSOME




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