Four changes from Waratahs

Date published: April 1 2016

during the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at Allianz Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

The Waratahs have made four changes to their side to face the Melbourne Rebels in round six of Super Rugby at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The team's highest-ever capped player, Benn Robinson and rampaging hooker, Hugh Roach have been brought into the starting squad for the first time in 2016, linking up with Angus Ta'avao in the front-row.

David Horwitz and Matt Carraro move back into the XV in place of Kurtley Beale and Rob Horne respectively, who have both been ruled out with injury this week.

Will Skelton re-joins the squad as a solid bolster off the bench together with Andrew Kellaway who has the opportunity to make his Super Rugby debut.

Former Western Force representative James Hilterbrand has also been brought into the squad with the potential to play his first game for NSW as replacement hooker.

Full-back Israel Folau, who currently sits just one behind Lote Tuqiri as the highest try-scorer ever for NSW (29), will earn his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Waratahs in the match this weekend.

The team will wear rainbow shoelaces during the match as part of the inaugural ‘Rainbow Round of Sport, held from 31 March until 4 April, to show their support for stamping out homophobia in sport.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 David Dennis, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Sam Lousi, 21 Wycliff Palu, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Andrew Kellaway

Date: Sunday, April 3
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 16:05 local (06:05 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Michael Hogan
TMO: George Ayoub

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