Waratahs Hoiles starts ahead of Waugh



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Stephen Hoiles will start at openside flanker for the HSBC Waratahs against the Cheetahs at Aussie Stadium on Friday night.

Hoiles is replacing vice-captain Phil Waugh who is still named on the bench.” This is a proactive move by the coaching staff and I’m fully supportive of it,’ said Waugh.

‘Ewen started managing the workload of players well last year and it’s crucial to keep players fresh come the backend of the season.’

As Waugh is the Vice captain, Daniel Vickerman will assume the vice-captaincy in the run-on side.

‘This is a long, hard campaign for our forwards and by using them wisely we should have more intensity on the field for 80 minutes,’ said McKenzie.

‘It think this is the mark of a mature squad when you can make these player management decisions and still field a strong side.

‘Stephen Hoiles can play in all three back row positions and the impact he’s had off the bench has been significant.’

As expected Daniel Halangahu has been installed at flyhalf after Mat Rogers was ruled out with a rib injury.

Rocky Elsom makes his long awaited comeback from suspension on the bench which carries an extra forward this week.

Peter Hewat, Wendell Sailor, Morgan Turinui, Shaun Berne, Lote Tuqiri, Daniel Halangahu, Chris Whitaker (captain), David Lyons, Stephen Hoiles, Wycliff Palu, Daniel Vickerman, Alex Kanaar, Al Baxter, Adam Freier, Benn Robinson.

Tatafu Polota-Nau, Matt Dunning, Will Caldwell, Rocky Elsom, Phil Waugh, Brett Sheehan, Sam Norton-Knight, Chris Siale (one to be dropped).

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