One change for Waratahs vs Brumbies (team sheet)

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika has named his team to play the Brumbies with Benn Robinson winning his 130th cap for NSW TeamsheetsRugby.

Robinson has been named in the starting line up and will join fellow New South Wales legend Al Baxter as the state’s second most capped player of all time, behind former captain Phil Waugh (136).

Coach Michael Cheika has made just one change to the starting side that beat defending champions the Chiefs in their last outing back in round 16, with Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu starting at tighthead in place of the hard-hitting Paddy Ryan.

Internationals Jacques Potgieter and Kane Douglas will wear the number four and five jerseys respectively, with Wallaby debutant Will Skelton expected to make an impact from the NSW bench.

The Waratahs’ loose forwards remain untouched, with Michael Hooper and Wycliff Palu returning from Wallaby camp to join captain Dave Dennis in the battle against the ACT.

In-form halves Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley will look to unleash potent midfield duo Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper, who also return to NSW after helping the Wallabies secure a three-Test clean sweep over the French.

Winger Rob Horne will be accompanied by fellow speedster Alofa Alofa, with Israel Folau holding on to the fullback jersey and completing a dangerous back three.

Cheika has named an extended bench that features newcomer Taqele Naiyaravoro as well as fit-again Tolu Latu.

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2.Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15 Israel Folau .

Replacements (one to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Will Skelton , 20. Stephen Hoiles , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22. Jono Lance , 23.Taqele Naiyaravoro , 24. Cam Crawford

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