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Waratahs’ Hooper to win 100th cap against Rebels

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Waratahs Super rugby head coach Daryl Gibson has named his team to play the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday at the SCG.

Both sides will come out firing with the NSW Waratahs coming off a bye and the Rebels coming into the match off a recent loss.

The Rebels currently sit on top of the conference ladder with the NSW Waratahs in second place.

Returning for the NSW Waratahs is their captain Michael Hooper who will celebrate his 100th NSW Waratahs match.

Also celebrating a milestone will be Jed Holloway who’ll play his 50th game for the NSW Waratahs, returning to the starting XV after a rib injury.

Teams will be playing for the Weary Dunlop Shield on the night, named in honour of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, who represented Australia and Victoria in rugby union and served as a medical officer in World War II.

Saturday’s game will also pay tribute to the current and former service men and women with a special ANZAC ceremony.

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes.

Replacements:16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Will Miller, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Curtis Rona

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