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Northern Suburbs’ flanker AJ Gilbert will make his NSW debut in Perth tomorrow (Sunday) after replacing Pat McCutcheon in the starting lineup.
McCutcheon suffered a knock to the knee last weekend and has not been able to recover as quickly as expected.
His absence paves the way for another first-time captain, Tom Carter, to lead the team. The centre has represented his state 82 times since 2004 and will now make his captaincy debut against the Force in Perth tomorrow afternoon.
The HSBC Waratahs v Force match kicks off at 4.05pm AEST tomorrow, June 9 at nib Stadium in Perth. NSW fans can follow all the action live on FOX SPORTS or keep up to date with every score live on Twitter @NSWWaratahs or by searching #FORvWAR
HSBC Waratahs team to play the Force
Sunday June 9, 2013 (4.05pm AEST)
nib Stadium, Perth
1. Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University, vice captain)
2. John Ulugia (Eastern Suburbs)
3. Paddy Ryan (Sydney University)
4. Will Skelton (Sydney University)
5. Ollie Atkins (Sydney University)
6. Lopeti Timani (Southern Districts)
7. AJ Gilbert (Northern Suburbs)
8. Jed Holloway (Southern Districts)
9. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs)
10. Bernard Foley (Sydney University, vice captain)
11. Cam Crawford (Northern Suburbs)
12. Tom Carter (Sydney University, captain)
13. Tom Kingston (Sydney University)
14. Peter Betham (Sydney University)
15. Drew Mitchell (Randwick)
16. Luke Holmes (Warringah)
17. Richard Aho (Randwick)
18. Adam Coleman (Parramatta)
19. Liam Winton (Sydney University)
20. Matt Lucas (Manly)
21. Ben Volavola (Southern Districts)
22. Terrence Hepetema (Randwick)
Unavailable for selection:
Tatafu Polota Nau (broken arm)
Greg Peterson (dislocated shoulder)
Mitchell Chapman (medial ligament)
Sitaleki Timani (broken thumb)
Michael Hodge (torn hamstring)
Lachie Turner (broken leg)
Pat McCutcheon (knee)
The Western Force return to NIB Stadium for the second time this season and the Honey Badger wants sea of blue fans to “get your carcass on the chair”! In 2014 the Force had a slow start to the season, before finishing off strongly, and they will be hoping for a repeat after winning just one of their opening four matches this season!
The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!