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Naiyaravoro wings it for Waratahs against Brumbies

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Waratahs Super Rugby head coach Daryl Gibson has named his team to play the ACT’s Brumbies at GIO stadium in Canberra this Saturday.

Taqele Naiyaravoro headlines the changes in the backline, shifting to the starting position on the wing with Jake Gordon welcomed back into the fold after completing his return to play protocol.

Said coach Daryl Gibson: “We have named a relatively unchanged forward pack.

“There are a couple of changes to the backline including Jake Gordon who has returned to full fitness after obtaining a head knock. Taqele Naiyaravoro has been rewarded with more time and on Saturday after an excellent performance against the Rebels in round five. This means that Lalakai Foketi will drop to the bench and Curtis Rona will start at centre.”

The two interstate rivals will battle it out for the Dan Vickerman Cup, an opportunity that Gibson says the team can leverage their season on.

“For the Australian derbies, the conference is incredibly tight. It makes every away game an opportunity to get points as it looks like every team is strong at home.

“Australian derbies are competitive and fierce and I see this one being no different.

“We’ve had a bye and so have the Brumbies, and it’s a time where you reflect on where you are at and where you can improve.”

Waratahs

1. Tom Robertson, 2. Damien Fitzpatrick, 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Ned Hanigan , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Michael Wells , 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Jed Holloway , 9. Jake Gordon , 10. Bernard Foley (vc), 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Curtis Rona, 14. Israel Folau , 15. Bryce Hegarty ,

Replacements: 16. Hugh Roach , 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Will Miller , 21. Mitchell Short , 22. Lalakai Foketi , 23. Alex Newsome

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