The Waratahs have followed the Crusaders’ lead and made one change to their starting line-up for Saturday night’s Super 14 rugby final in Christchurch.
The NZPA reports that the Crusaders were forced to promote back-up hooker Ti’i Paulo after Corey Flynn broke his arm in last week’s semifinal defeat of the Hurricanes.
However, the Waratahs are in the happier position of being able to reinstate their first choice rake Tatafu Polota-Nau, who missed New South Wales’ progression to the final at the Sharks expense with a hand injury.
Apart from relegating Wallabies hooker Adam Freier to the bench, coach Ewen McKenzie has stuck with the starting line-up that impressively dispatched the Sharks 28-13 in Sydney.
Europe-bound former Wallabies No 8 David Lyons has been denied a farewell appearance at AMI Stadium after his hamstring failed a fitness test. His place on the bench has been taken by Beau Robinson.
WARATAHS: 15 Sam Norton-Knight, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (c), 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Dan Vickerman, 4. Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson. Reserves: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Matt Dunning, 18. Will Caldwell, 19 Beau Robinson, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Matt Carraro, 22 Timana Tahu.Tweet