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Waratahs lose McCutcheon for the Force clash

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Article Published: Saturday 8 June 2013|

The Waratahs have suffered a blow ahead of their clash against the Western Force as captain for the match Pat McCutcheon has been forced to withdraw.

McCutcheon's withdrawal means that Northern Suburbs' flanker AJ Gilbert will make his NSW debut having been named in the starting line up.

McCutcheon suffered a knock to the knee last weekend and has not been able to recover as quickly as expected.

His absence paves the way for another first-time captain, Tom Carter, to lead the team.

The centre has represented his state 82 times since 2004 and will now make his captaincy debut against the Force in Perth tomorrow afternoon.

Waratahs (revised)

1. Jeremy Tilse (VC) ,2. John Ulugia ,3. Paddy Ryan ,4. Will Skelton ,5. Ollie Atkins ,6. Lopeti Timani,7. AJ Gilbert 8. Jed Holloway ,9. Brendan McKibbin ,10. Bernard Foley (VC) ,11. Cam Crawford,12. Tom Carter (C),13. Tom Kingston ,14. Peter Betham ,15. Drew Mitchell

Replacements:16. Luke Holmes ,17. Richard Aho ,18. Adam Coleman ,19. Liam Winton ,20. Matt Lucas ,21. Ben Volavola ,22. Terrence Hepetema

Unavailable for selection:

Wallaby Squad: Benn Robinson,Sekope Kepu,Kane Douglas,Dave Dennis,Michael Hooper,Wycliff Palu,Rob Horne,Berrick Barnes,Adam Ashley-Cooper,Israel Folau

Injured:Tatafu Polota Nau (broken arm),Greg Peterson (dislocated shoulder),Mitchell Chapman (medial ligament),Sitaleki Timani (broken thumb),Michael Hodge (torn hamstring),Lachie Turner (broken leg), Pat McCutcheon (knee)

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