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Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley has been named as captain of the Waratahs team to play their Australian Conference rivals the Melbourne Rebels on Friday

Foley takes over the captaincy from Michael Hooper who is injured and was unavailable for selection this weekend.

28-year-old Foley is familiar with a leadership role as vice-captain of the NSW Waratahs this year and also as a former Australian Sevens captain.

“It’s a great opportunity for Bernard to grow as a leader,” said NSW Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson.

Foley will lead a side that shows two changes to the starting line-up that took to the field against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane at the end of May before the Super Rugby competition took a break for the June internationals.

Ned Hanigan returns from injury and will start at blindside flanker with Will Miller replacing Hooper at No 7.

On the bench, tighthead prop Paddy Ryan replaces Shambeckler Vui and Alex Newsome comes in for Lalakai Foketi, who is recovering from a lower leg injury that surfaced in the tour match against Japanese Top League side the NEC Green Rockets two weeks ago.

Gibson has named Israel Folau at fullback, pending the outcome of the player’s judicial hearing, which is scheduled for 1500 (AEST) in Sydney today.

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley (captain), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Will Miller, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements : 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Alex Newsome

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