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Former Sharks player David McDuling has been named in the Waratahs starting line up for their clash against the Sharks in Durban.

McDuling starts this weekend at his former home as Will Skelton remains sidelined due to discomfort with a hamstring injury, paving the way for McDuling to get a start against his former team mates when he runs out at Kings Park, Durban

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson said he’s excited to offer McDuling the opportunity to step up into the role.

“We are excited for David who has earned the chance to start after his performance as a finisher in recent weeks. It is a great opportunity for him to go up against his old team,” said Gibson.

McDuling is pleased to return home to Sydney to play with Tahs this season, and is looking forward to running out against his former team mates in Durban.

“They (the Sharks) will be confident after winning that game last week against the Brumbies on tour. It’s their first home game so they will be looking to put on a good show for their fans,” said McDuling.

“I always look forward to playing, especially with my ties to Durban and the Sharks it does make it a little bit special.

“Everyone enjoys playing against people they know, which is the same in the Australian derbies – you want to get one up over your mates.

“For me it is another great opportunity to pull on a Waratahs jersey, play at a great stadium against a great team,” he said.

Test scrum half Nick Phipps, rejoins the NSW Waratahs team after he was forced to miss round two with an ankle injury.

Waratahs

1. Tom Robertson , 2. Tolu Latu , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Dean Mumm , 5. David McDuling , 6. Jack Dempsey , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Michael Wells , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bryce Hegarty , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Irae Simone , 13. Israel Folau , 14. Reece Robinson , 15. Andrew Kellaway

16. Hugh Roach , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. David Lolohea , 19. Senio Toleafoa , 20. Maclean Jones , 21. Matt Lucas , 22. David Horwitz , 23. Cameron Clark

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