Waratahs name team for Mudgee trial

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by Beth Newman

The Waratahs will be keeping most of their Wallabies stars under wraps for their first trial this weekend, naming a handful of new faces in the squad to face the Brumbies.

Prop Tom Robertson is the only  2016 Test player set to start in Mudgee, with Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson opting for rookies in the 31-man squad, with hooker Tolu Latu coming off the bench.

Tolu Latu is set to come off the bench for the trial. Photo Getty Images.Young flyhalf Mack Mason will have a baptism of fire in his first test as Bernard Foley's understudy, with the ex-U20s and Queensland U20s playmaker steering the ship on Saturday.

Hugh Roach will start at hooker over Latu and Damien Fitzpatrick, giving him first crack at clinching that number two jersey for 2017.

NRC sensations Irae Simone and Jake Gordon will line up in the centres and at halfback respectively, with David Horwitz in the centres, while flyer Reece Robinson will be on the wing.

Aussie Sevens Olympian Con Foley will come off the bench for his first Waratahs outing since moving to XVs after Rio.

Con Foley has been selected in the squad. Photo: Getty Images.TEAM

Waratahs to face Brumbies in Mudgee on Saturday, 6pm AEDT

1. Tom Robertson

2. Hugh Roach

3. David Lolohea

4. Ned Hanigan

5. Senio Toleafoa

6. Jack Dempsey

7. Brad Wilkin

8. Michael Wells

9. Jake Gordon

10. Mack Mason

11. Harry Jones

12. David Horwitz

13. Irae Simone

14. Reece Robinson

15. Bryce Hegarty


16. Tolu Latu

17. Damien Fitzpatrick

18. Paddy Ryan

19. Sam Needs

20. David McDuling

21. Matt Lucas

22. Andrew Deegan

23. Andrew Kellaway

27. Ryan McCauley

28. Jamason Schultz

30. Con Foley

31. Maclean Jones