Elsom to captain Tahs


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Wallaby flanker Rocky Elsom will assume the captaincy of the Waratahs after coach Ewen mcKenzie decided to leave Adam Freier on the bench for Saturday’s tussle with the Highlanders in Sydney.

“It’s encouraging to be able to make these selections despite the injuries we’ve had this year,” McKenzie said.

“Rocky’s been a stand out all year and while he hasn’t had a ‘c’ next to his name he’s certainly been one to lead the team around the park.

“Adam will also play an important role later in the match when clear heads and leadership are most important.”

Sam Harris replaces Turinui at inside centre while prop Matt Dunning will make his first starting appearance for the year, replacing Benn Robinson.

Dean Mumm returns to the starting side for Ben Hand, who remains in doubt after suffering a back injury in training.

Tim Davidson will come onto the bench if Hand is ruled out.

Scrumhalf Nathan Sievert is set to become the tenth player of 2007 to make his Super 14 debut for the Waratahs, replacing injured number nine Josh Valentine.

“Josh Holmes has also been impressive over the last two weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes in the starting role.”

Waratahs: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Lachlan Turner, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Sam Harris, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Josh Holmes, 8 David Lyons, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Rocky Elsom (c), 5 Will Caldwell, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Matt Dunning
Replacements: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Ben Hand/Tim Davidson, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Nathan Sievert, 21 Kurtley Beale, 22 Daniel Halangahu

Date: Saturday 21 April 2007
Venue: Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.40 (9.40 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Willie Roos (South Africa), Geoff Acton (Australia)
Television match official: Paul Marks (Australia)
Assessor: Andrew Cole, Paul Ramsay


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