Waratahs coach Michael Foley has rejigged his side for Saturday’s game against the Sharks, after their shock loss against the Force in round 4. Out go last week’s halfbacks, Sarel Pretorius and captain Daniel Halangahu, both of whom will play off the bench.
Loose head prop Benn Robinson has been named skipper for the first time, with Berrick Barnes moving from inside centre to flyhalf. Brendan McKibbin comes in for Pretorius to start at 9 for the first time in his career. With Halangahu benched and Barnes still feeling the effects of a quad injury, it is likely that McKibbin will take the shots at goal, one of the reasons for his elevations head of Pretorius.
Tom Carter starts at inside centre, with Wycliff Palu named at number 8, having recovered from his hamstring injury.
The exact make-up of the bench has yet to be confirmed.
Waratahs: Bernard Foley, Tom Kingston, Rob Horne, Tom Carter, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Brendan McKibbin, Wycliff Palu, Chris Alcock, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson (capt). Reserves: John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Lopeti Timani, Jono Jenkins, Sarel Pretorius, Daniel Halangahu, Peter Betham, Brackin Kauraria-Henry (two to be omitted)Tweet