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Waratahs name Folau in team to play Rebels

Israel Folau has been named in his first Waratahs team

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Article Published: Friday 1 February 2013|

The Waratahs have named rugby newcomer Israel Folau in their team to face the Rebels in Hobart on Saturday for a Super Rugby warm up match.

Folau will make his highly anticipated entry to rugby when he plays his first game of rugby union since high school on Saturday.

Amongst those eagerly awaiting the first outing of the new season are, who will play his firs in Hobart on Saturday evening, and Head Coach Michael Cheika, who will eagerly await the outcome of his team's first outing.

Also included in Cheika's 28-man squad for the first of the team's three Super Rugby curtain raisers are five other new recruits, all pulling on the sky blue jersey for the first time, amongst them Hobart-born lock Ollie Atkins and former Rebel Luke Holmes.

The side will be led by captain Brendan McKibbin. The 27-year-old halfback will be assisted by two vice captains in prop Jeremy Tilse and flyhalf Bernard Foley.

Foley, part of the Wallabies training squad in 2012, will be looking to unlock the Rebels' defence and unleash the Waratahs backline that includes Folau and seasoned Wallaby centre Rob Horne.

But the threats aren't all out wide, as Foley has a deceptively dangerous running game, shaped from his time at fullback and days playing for the Australian Sevens team.

And although the Rebels have opted to rest star playmaker Kurtley Beale, the match represents the return to action from injury for another of their superstars, Wallaby James O'Connor, who will no doubt be looking to prove his fitness and desire to cement a place in the Australia squad in The Lions' year.

Co-captain alongside O'Connor will be another seasoned international, influential Wales No. 8 Gareth Delve.

Waratahs squad

Michael Alaalatoa (Southern Districts)* , Richard Aho (Randwick)* , Kotoni Ale (Manly)* , Ollie Atkins , Peter Betham , Wayne Borzak (Warringah)* , Tom Carter , Cam Crawford , Israel Folau , Bernard Foley (vice captain) , Grayson Hart , Michael Hodge , Luke Holmes , Rob Horne , AJ Gilbert (Northern Suburbs)* , Tom Kingston , Matt Lucas , Brendan McKibbin (captain) , Tolu Latu (Sydney University)* , Dane Maraki (Manly)* , Elijah Niko (Eastern Suburbs)* , Greg Peterson , Jeremy Tilse (vice captain) , Lopeti Timani , Peter Samu (Randwick)* , Will Skelton (Sydney University)* , John Ulugia , Ben Volavola

* Indicates non-contracted players

Melbourne Rebels

First Half XV

1.Eddie Aholelei , 2. Ged Robinson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Hugh Pyle , 5. Luke Jones , 6.Tim Davidson , 7. Scott Fuglistaller , 8. Gareth Delve (captain) , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. James O'Connor (captain) , 11. Cooper Vuna , 12. Rory Sidey , 13. Mitch Inman , 14. Lachlan Mitchell , 15. Alex Rokobaro

Second Half XV

1. Nic Henderson (captain) , 2. Pat Leafa/Shota Horie , 3. Paul Alo-Amile , 4. Chris Thomson , 5. James King , 6. Cadeyrn Neville , 7. Jarrod Saffy , 8. Trent Dyer , 9. Nic Stirzaker (captain) , 10. Angus Roberts , 11. Cooper Vuna , 12. Lachie Mitchell , 13. Tom English , 14. Alex Rokobaro , 15. Bryce Hegarty ,

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