• Waratahs to face beefed-up Brumbies

    The Waratahs and Brumbies have named their teams for the pre-season match at McDonalds Park in Wagga Wagga on Saturday.

    Tahs coach Daryl Gibson has selected a smaller 26-man squad, 11 of who are uncapped at Super Rugby level. Former All Black Zac Guildford, who recently joined the Sydney-based franchise, will start at fullback.

    Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has included seven internationals in his team, including Argentinian scrumhalf Tomás Cubelli, who will pull on the jersey for the first time.  A further five players in the squad of 31 will be making their Brumbies debuts.

    Waratahs – 15 Zac Guildford, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Andrew Deegan, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Jack Dempsey, 6 David Dennis (c), 5 Will Skelton, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Jeremy Tilse.
    Subs: Tolu Latu, Benn Robinson, Angus Ta’avao, Matt Sandell, Senio Toleafoa, Matt Lucas, Harry Jones, Bryce Hegarty, Brad Wilkin, Cameron Orr, Rowan Perry.

    Brumbies – 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Lausii Taliauli, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 11 Nigel Ah Wong, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Allan Alaalatoa.
    Subs: Albert Anae, Robbie Abel, Leslie Leuluai’ali’i-Makin, Ruan Smith, Rory Arnold, Blake Enever, Ben Hyne, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Michael Dowsett, Nick Jooste, Joe Tomane, Jake Rakic, Tevita Kuridrani, James Dargaville, Isaac Thompson.

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