Halfback Luke Burgess has been named to make his Super 14 rugby starting debut for the Waratahs’ against the Blues on Saturday.
The NZ Herald reports that Burgess replaces Brett Sheehan, who has been relegated to the reserves bench, in the only change to the run-on side who beat the Cheetahs 23-19 last Friday.
Wallabies No 8 David Lyons is in line to become only the third player to make 100 appearances for the Waratahs after being named on the bench.
Lyons has not played since breaking and dislocating his ankle at the World Cup last year in France.
The Waratahs are eighth on the ladder at the halfway point of the season and must beat the third-placed Blues to keep their finals hopes alive.
Waratahs: 15.Sam Norton-Knight, 14.Lachie Turner, 13.Ben Jacobs, 12.Tom Carter, 11.Lote Tuqiri, 10.Kurtley Beale, 9.Luke Burgess, 8.Wycliff Palu, 7.Phil Waugh (captain), 6.Rocky Elsom, 5.Dan Vickerman, 4.Dean Mumm, 3.Matt Dunning, 2.Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1.Benn Robinson.
Reserves: 16.Adam Freier, 17.Al Baxter, 18.David Lyons, 19.Beau Robinson, 20.Brett Sheehan, 21.Rob Horne, 22.Alfie Mafi.