NSW WARATAHS ANNOUNCE TEAM AHEAD OF BLUES MATCH

 
NSW Waratahs (Image by Steven Markham/ Speed Media)

NSW Waratahs (Image by Steven Markham/ Speed Media)

THURSDAY 4 APRIL

NSW Waratahs have named some changes to their starting line up ahead of round eight of the Vodafone Super Rugby where they’ll travel to Auckland to take on the Blues.

Bernard Foley, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Jack Dempsey all return to the starting line up after being rested last weekend, with captain Michael Hooper to be rested for this weekend’s clash. Will Miller returns from injury and will start at 7.

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson said the team were naturally disappointed with their performance last weekend and they are determined to deliver more consistent performances for the season.

“There is no taking away from the disappointment the squad felt after last weekend’s performance… but we have to look forward as we have a job ahead of us against the Blues.

“We know our intent and intensity just wasn’t there last week and that’s what each player will need to focus on come Saturday night.

“The team is looking forward to playing to the Blues at one of the most iconic rugby grounds in the world, Eden Park. We have confidence we’ve prepared well this week and now we need to deliver,” said Gibson.

The NSW Waratahs will travel to Auckland on Friday ahead of their Saturday night clash.

NSW Waratahs Team vs Blues

NAME

1. HARRY JOHNSON-HOLMES

2. DAMIEN FITZPATRICK

3. SEKOPE KEPU

4. NED HANIGAN

5. ROB SIMMONS

6. JACK DEMPSEY

7. WILL MILLER

8. MICHAEL WELLS

9. NICK PHIPPS

10. BERNARD FOLEY

11. ALEX NEWSOME

12. KARMICHAEL HUNT

13. ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER

14. CAM CLARK

15. ISRAEL FOLAU

16. ANDREW TUALA

17. RORY O’CONNOR

18. CHRIS TALAKAI

19. TOM STANIFORTH

20. LACHLAN SWINTON

21. JAKE GORDON

22. KURTLEY BEALE

23. LALAKAI FOKETI