Waratahs change two for Highlanders

Date published: March 16 2016

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15:  Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson and Israel Folau talk during the Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Kippax Lake on March 15, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has made two changes to his side that will face the Highlanders this weekend in Sydney.

Coming off a bye last weekend the Waratahs will look to get back to winning ways following their 32-15 defeat at the hands of the Brumbies in Round Two.

The two changes are made up front with Wycliff Palu will have his first start of the season, the backline is unchanged.

Palu comes into the starting line up in the number eight jersey and hooker Tolu Latu comes in for the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau, after fracturing his arm during the Brumbies match.

Former rugby league star, Reece Robinson has been given another chance to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench after not making an appearance in the 30-10 bonus point victory over the Reds. 

Tom Robertson and Hugh Roach have also been named amongst the replacements. Robertson could also make his debut for the Syndey side. Roach provides replaces Latu on the bench.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 David Dennis, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jack Dempsey, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Reece Robinson

Date: Friday, March 18
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19:45 local (08:45 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Referees: James Leckie, Graham Cooper
TMO: Ian Smith

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