Cape Town – Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has included lock Tom
Staniforth and scrumhalf Jake Gordon in his team to play the Highlanders
at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 11:45 SA time.
Staniforth replaces Ned Hanigan, who has been ruled out with
a knee injury and Gordon starts ahead of Nick Phipps, who is on the
Hanigan’s injury also gives an opportunity to 20-year-old Eastern
Suburbs lock Ryan McCauley, who has been named in the reserves along
with hooker Tolu Latu.
“We talked really clearly with the two boys (Phipps and Gordon) at
the start of this four-game block against the New Zealand teams that
this is what we are going to do,” Gibson said.
“We are going to continue
that, so that means Nick (Phipps) will come back next week.
“Tolu has had four 80-minute games with Sydney University. Part of
his re-introduction is around him doing the necessary work; he’s doing
his throwing and he’s playing consistently.
”We’ve been pretty consistent in Hugh Roach and Damien Fitzpatrick so
we see this as an opportunity for him (Latu) to again contribute and
see what he can do.”
15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis
Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake
Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob
Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom
Substitutes: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry
Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway,
21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty
15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Sio
Tomkinson, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke
Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson
Hemopo, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Liam Coltman, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20
Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Tevita Li