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Waratahs Ryan & Mitchell start against Brumbies

Paddy Ryan will make his fourth Super Rugby start of the season

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Article Published: Thursday 16 May 2013|

The Waratahs have named Paddy Ryan to make his fourth start of the season in this weekend's Australian derby clash against the Brumbies.

Ryan's inclusion at tighthead prop in place of Sekope Kepu is one of two changes to the side that last week overpowered the Stormers 21-15, with Drew Mitchell also elevated from the bench in place of Peter Betham.

The game is NSW's first of the season at ANZ Stadium and Head Coach Michael Cheika's first visit to the venue.

"There's always something special about these Australian derby games because there's so much rivalry built up over all the years of playing each other. With the Brumbies also leading the competition, this is a very important game for us," said Cheika.

"Last time we played them in Canberra back in Round 4, our effort was simply not good enough to compete with a very well drilled Brumbies outfit."

"Throughout this season, we've been working hard at developing our identity and becoming an honest hardworking team and I think now we're starting to play the kind of attacking running rugby that we want to be known for. "

"How we play under the pressure of this match up will show how committed we are to play the brand of rugby that we want associated with NSW rugby.

"For me, building a winning mentality is about getting up for every game, about having that obsessive mentality every day in training as well as when you step out onto the pitch but there will be a little extra edge in the game, something I personally enjoy in rugby.

"The Brumbies have been showing the way all season. They're well ahead of us on the table, they're very disciplined in the way they play the game and they've got good leadership."

"I'm sure they'll think they will have an edge on us so it's up to us to respond in kind. We'll require the level of physicality that we showed against the Stormers last week plus 10 per cent."


1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Drew Mitchell , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements, 16. John Ulugia , 17. Sekope Kepu , 18. Will Skelton , 19. Mitchell Chapman , 20. Matt Lucas , 21. Berrick Barnes , 22. Peter Betham

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