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Waratahs hand first start to Robertson against Reds

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Waratahs Super rugby head coach Daryl Gibson has given Tom Robertson his first start of the Super rugby season against the Reds.

Looking for their 11th consecutive win against the Reds, the NSW Waratahs have made some changes to the staring XV.


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Getting his first start for the season after missing the first half of the season with injury, Tom Robertson will start at loosehead prop.

Adam Ashely-Cooper and Lachlan Swinton also return to the starting XV, with Ashley-Cooper preparing to celebrate his 150th Super Rugby match on Saturday night.

NSW Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson said the team are motivated by the rich history both teams share as the Waratahs look to find a much needed win.

“The Waratahs verse Reds is a game our boys enjoy playing. There’s an extra spice in it, particularly the way the Reds approach the game as well,” he said.

“So, plenty on the line, a lot of history between the teams.

“Historically it’s one of our oldest rivalries so it’s something extra, meaning in this game.”

Waratahs

1. TOM ROBERTSON, 2. DAMIEN FITZPATRICK, 3. SEKOPE KEPU, 4. NED HANIGAN, 5. ROB SIMMONS, 6. LACHLAN SWINTON, 7. MICHAEL HOOPER (c), 8. MICHAEL WELLS, 9. NICK PHIPPS, 10. BERNARD FOLEY (VC), 11. CAMERON CLARK, 12. KARMICHAEL HUNT, 13. ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER, 14. ALEX NEWSOME, 15. KURTLEY BEALE

Replacements : 16. TOLU LATU, 17. HARRY JOHNSON-HOLMES, 18. CHRIS TALAKAI, 19. TOM STANIFORTH, 20. WILL MILLER, 21. JAKE GORDON, 22. LALAKAI FOKETI, 23. CURTIS RONA

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