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Waratahs Super rugby head coach Daryl Gibson has named an unchanged line-up to face the Brumbies in the final regular Super Rugby match at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

The Waratahs will host a Super rugby play off next weekend and Gibson said that they did not want to make changes ahead of the play offs.


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Said Gibson: “Part of our strategy is to try and keep combinations together, and it’s up to those players to really earn it through their performances. As a coaching team we feel that they are doing that and deserve their spots.”

Gibson expects a typical Australian derby.

“For both sides there’s real incentive there on the outcome of the game. The Brumbies need a bonus point win to have a chance to quality and for us the real carrot of knowing if you progress in this tournament of giving yourself the opportunity through having a home semi-final potentially.”

When asked about a potential quarter-final opponent, Gibson said: “We haven’t looked beyond this game. We know there’s a lot riding on this fixture and we want to perform. The finals series will take care of itself and we will just wait and see who we get.”

Record-breaking winger Taqele Naiyaravoro will play his 50th game for NSW and he is three caps away from a half century of Super Rugby matches for the State team.

Waratahs

1. Tom Robertson , 2. Damien Fitzpatrick , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Jed Holloway, 5. Rob Simmons (VC), 6. Ned Hanigan , 7. Will Miller , 8. Michael Wells, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Foley (C), 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Curtis Rona , 14. Cam Clark, 15. Israel Folau,

Replacements: 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Tom Staniforth , 20. Brad Wilkin, 21. Jake Gordon , 22. Alex Newsome , 23. Bryce Hegarty

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