The Waratahs have made four changes to their starting side that will face the Chiefs in what is expected to be a thrilling clash on Friday.
Wycliff Palu has been injected as the number eight in place of Jed Holloway who re-injured his shoulder during last week’s match against the Crusaders.
Zac Guildford returns as the starting winger following his standout performance off the bench last week, which saw him cross for his debut try in the NSW jersey to deny his former Crusader teammates a bonus point.
Reliable utility back, Matt Carraro also joins the XV on the opposite wing, while Rob Horne will play at inside centre for his 100th game for NSW.
Horne is the third Waratahs player to reach a century of games for NSW this year, having played his whole career for his home state after debuting for the Waratahs back in 2008.
Tough back-rower, Jack Dempsey will provide added strength on the Waratahs’ bench for this Friday’s match, back after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in South Africa.
Lock Will Skelton will notch 50 Super Rugby caps this weekend after running out for the same milestone for NSW games last week.
Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dave Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Reece Robinson
Date: Friday, May 27
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19:45 local (09:45 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Jaco van Heerden, Ed Martin
TMO: Peter Marshall