16/05/2018

NSW Waratahs celebrate Club Rugby Round

Photo credit: John Flitcroft/Flitty Images

Lock Tom Staniforth and halfback Jake Gordon return to the NSW Waratahs’ starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodafone Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at Allianz Stadium.

Staniforth replaces Ned Hanigan, who has been ruled out with a knee injury and Gordon starts ahead of Nick Phipps, who is on the bench.

Hanigan’s injury also gives an opportunity to 20-year-old Eastern Suburbs lock Ryan McCauley, who has been named in the reserves along with hooker Tolu Latu.

“We talked really clearly with the two boys (Phipps and Gordon) at the start of this four-game block against the New Zealand teams that this is what we are going to do. We are going to continue that, so that means Nick (Phipps) will come back next week,” Gibson said.

“Tolu has had four 80-minute games with Sydney University. Part of his re-introduction is around him doing the necessary work; he’s doing his throwing and he’s playing consistently. We’ve been pretty consistent in Hugh Roach and Damien Fitzpatrick so we see this as an opportunity for him (Latu) to again contribute and see what he can do,” Gibson said.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 1945 (AEST) and will be televised live on FoxSports.

The team will wear their club or school socks on Saturday night to celebrate Club Rugby Round. Match attendees are encouraged to wear their club’s team colours to be in the running to win some spot prizes at the game.

To secure your seat, head to www.nswwaratahs.com.au/tickets.

Team to play the Highlanders (number denotes number of Caps for NSW Waratahs)

1. Tom Robertson (37)
2. Damien Fitzpatrick (42)
3. Sekope Kepu (117)
4. Tom Staniforth (10)
5. Rob Simmons (8)
6. Will Miller (9)
7. Michael Hooper (Captain, 90)
8. Michael Wells (26)
9. Jake Gordon (21)
10. Bernard Foley (Vice Captain, 98)
11. Taqele Naiyaravoro (43)
12. Kurtley Beale (120)
13. Curtis Rona (10)
14. Cam Clark (17)
15. Israel Folau (82)

Reserves:
16. Tolu Latu (45)
17. Harry Johnson-Holmes (10)
18. Shambeckler Vui (1)
19. Ryan McCauley (1)
20. Jed Holloway (35)
21. Nick Phipps (66)
22. Lalakai Foketi (10)
23. Bryce Hegarty (24)


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