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Waratahs lose Foley for Force Super Rugby opener

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The Waratahs have ruled Bernard Foley out of their Super Rugby opening match against the Western Force at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Foley will sit out of this week’s match while he recovers from a head knock sustained against the Highlanders in the pre-season game last week at Brookvale.

Foley was named in the starting line up for this weekend with Head Coach Daryl Gibson giving him as much time as possible to get himself fit

“Bernard hasn’t met our ‘return to play’ protocols so will miss round one.

“While he has been improving daily since last Thursday’s game, he’s not 100 per cent fit to play and we certainly won’t be taking any risks.

“He will be with us in South Africa and we have confidence he’ll be ready for round two.

“Bryce Hegarty will step into the number ten position nicely for us this weekend.

“He has the experience with 34 Super Rugby games to his name and has been training well on his comeback from injury last year,” said Gibson.

Ned Hannigan has also been ruled out due to a minor hamstring strain..

Waratahs

1. Tom Robertson, 2. Tolu Latu, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. Will Skelton, 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

Replacements: 16. Hugh Roach. 17. Paddy Ryan.. 18. David Lolohea. 19. David McDuling, 20. Brad Wilkin, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. David Horwitz, 23. Taqele Naiyaravoro

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