Naiyaravoro starts for Waratahs in Tokyo

Date published: June 30 2016

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Taqele Naiyaravoro starts on the wing for the Waratahs on his return to Super Rugby for Saturday's clash against the Sunwolves.

It will be a highly-anticipated return for the 130kg 24-year-old, after making a name for himself as a potent try-scorer during his previous two years with the Waratahs in 2014 and 2015.

Naiyaravoro made his first 2016 appearance on Australian soil last weekend, crossing for his second try in as many Tests after being slotted into the Wallabies’ squad for the England series upon his return from a stint overseas.  

Matt Lucas has been handed the opportunity to run on as half-back this week, in what will be just his second start for the Waratahs since his Super Rugby debut for NSW in 2013.

Keen to add to their first few tries for the Tahs this year, determined flanker, Jack Dempsey and speedy winger, Reece Robinson are also back in the starting XV.

Club captain Dave Dennis will shift to the number eight position. The NSW Centurion is not a stranger to the jersey, having played there on a number of occasions across his decade-plus career.   

Australian vice-captain, Rob Horne will run out for his 100th Super Rugby match for the NSW Waratahs this week after reaching the milestone for his home state in the team’s last Super Rugby match against the Chiefs last month.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan
Replacements (two to be omitted): 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Ned Hanigan, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 David Horwitz, 24 Tolu Latu, 25 Matt Carraro

Date: Saturday, July 2
Venue: Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14:15 local (05:15 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Aki Aso (Japan), Noriaki Hashimoto (Japan)
TMO: Takashi Hareda (Japan)

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