Gibson makes changes to Waratahs side for crucial clash against Hurricanes


NSW Waratahs veterans Bernard Foley and Rob Horne will return to the starting line up for Friday night's crucial clash against the Hurricanes.

The return of the two Wallabies stars is not the only change to the NSW Waratahs starting line up, with impressive form from winger Taqele Naiyaravoro seeing him get a start this Friday.

With Horne back in the midfield, Israel Folau will return to fullback, Cam Clark moves onto the wings with Michael Wells starting at number eight and Paddy Ryan in at loosehead prop. Tom Robertson was ruled out with concussion.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said Foley’s symptoms of concussion from the injury six weeks ago have resolved and other symptoms related to his neck are also improving, with ongoing treatment of his neck.

“Bernard has been given the clearance after further expert reviews, including a review with neurologist, and treatment over the course of the last week.

“Having the experience of Bernard and Rob back in the team will hopefully give our side a boost ahead of the game,” said Gibson.

Waratahs team to play Hurricanes 

Paddy Ryan, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Jake Gordon, Bernard Foley, Cam Clark, David Horwitz, Rob Horne, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Israel Folau. Reserves: Damien Fitzpatrick, Sam Needs, David Lolohea, David McDuling, Jed Holloway, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Andrew Kellaway.

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