Guildford to start for Waratahs in trial


Former All Black Zac Guildford will have his first outing for the Waratahs, when they meet the Brumbies in Wagga on Saturday night.

Guildford, starting at fullback, will be joined by NRL convert Reece Robinson in the side, with Robinson on the right wing.

The Wagga clash will give head coach Daryl Gibson the first glimpse of their potential in game.

Matt Carraro will be given first crack at Adam Ashley-Cooper’s vacant outside centre spot, with youngster David Horwitz at 12.

Wallabies lock Will Skelton will make his return from the pectoral injury that ended his Rugby World Cup campaign in the match.

Skelton is the only Wallabies representative in the match, with the rest being saved for later trials, as foreshadowed by Daryl Gibson through the preseason.

New recruit Bryce Hegarty will start on the bench with the Waratahs opting to play emerging NSW player Andrew Deegan at 10, with Bernard Foley yet to return from Japan.

Dave Dennis will captain the side in the absence of Michael Hooper.

Gibson said he was looking forward to the chance to road test some of his new combinations.

“This will be the first chance for the players selected to compete for spots this year so it will be good to see how they step up and handle a real-game situation,” he said.

“I’m interested to see how the combinations work too.

“The squad has trained really hard across pre-season so we’re looking forward to playing our first game in earnest.”




1.    Jeremy Tilse

2.    Hugh Roach

3.    Paddy Ryan

4.    Ned Hanigan

5.    Will Skelton

6.    David Dennis (C)

7.    Jack Dempsey

8.    Jed Holloway

9.    Jake Gordon

10.    Andrew Deegan

11.    Andrew Kellaway

12.    David Horwitz

13.    Matt Carraro

14.    Reece Robinson

15.    Zac Guildford


16.    Tolu Latu

17.    Benn Robinson

18.    Angus Ta’avao

19.    Matt Sandell

20.    Senio Toleafoa

21.    Matt Lucas

22.    Harry Jones

23.    Bryce Hegarty

24.    Brad Wilkin

25.    Cameron Orr

26.    Rowan Perry