Harris Returns to Midfield for Brumbies Clash



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Sam Harris will start at inside centre for the HSBC Waratahs in Sunday’s local derby against the Brumbies.

‘Sam’s performance off the bench against the Crusaders was exceptional and it’s exactly what we’ve been looking for,’ said Ewen McKenzie, head coach of the HSBC Waratahs.

‘I like the balance of this backline with Sam Norton-Knight at flyhalf and Kurtley Beale to play his dynamic role off the bench.’

Wycliff Palu has failed to recover from a hamstring problem but lock Dean Mumm has overcome a shoulder injury to make a return on the bench.

David Lyons will become the third most capped Waratah in history this weekend passing Nathan Grey.

Lyons will play his 95th game for NSW and his 89th Super Rugby match which is second only to Chris Whitaker who played 107 Super games.

Rookie scrumhalf Josh Holmes is set to make his Super Rugby debut after being named on the bench.

Holmes comes into the side after Brett Sheehan aggravated a rib injury against the Crusaders last weekend.

HSBC Waratahs to play the Brumbies in Canberra on Sunday

  1. Benn Robinson
  2. Adam Freier [c]
  3. Al Baxter
  4. Ben Hand
  5. Will Caldwell
  6. Rocky Elsom
  7. Tim Davidson
  8. David Lyons [becomes 3rd most capped Waratah ‘ 95th cap]
  9. Josh Valentine
  10. Sam Norton-Knight
  11. Lote Tuqiri
  12. Sam Harris
  13. Morgan Turinui [v-c]
  14. Lachie Turner
  15. Peter Hewat
  16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
  17. Matt Dunning
  18. Dean Mumm
  19. Beau Robinson
  20. Josh Holmes [Super Rugby debut]
  21. Kurtley Beale
  22. Ben Jacobs
  23. Daniel Halangahu
  24. Dave Dennis

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