VIDEO: Waratahs bring in something new for Sunwolves clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson has made two changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves in Tokyo.
Alex Newsome is set to a start on the right wing in place of the injured Israel Folau.
With Newsome’s call-up to the starting XV, Cameron Clark makes his return to the NSW Waratahs team on the bench.
In the pack, Will Miller comes in at blindside flank ahead of Michael Wells, who moves to No.8 in place of Jed Holloway.
Gibson said of the changes: "Will’s selection gives us the opportunity to play two genuine fetchers because we expect the game to be played at a high intensity.
"He has been an excellent Shute Shield player and we believe that working in tandem with [Michael] Hooper will offer us something different.
"I have been pleased with Alex’s progress. He has an outstanding attitude and this is an opportunity for him,"
Waratahs: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson,
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Cameron Clark .
Date: Saturday, April 7
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14:15 (05:15 GMT, 15.5 Australia Time)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia
Assistant Referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan) & Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)