Waratahs sweating on Foley as Fardy returns for Brumbies

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by Beth Newman

The Waratahs are giving Bernard Foley until the last minute to prove his fitness for this weekend's Australian derby with the Brumbies.

Foley has been named in the Waratahs' starting XV for the match but is still in danger of missing out with concussion.

The flyhalf trained fully with the team on Thursday but coach Daryl Gibson said he would be monitored overnight for any symptoms, with a final call to be made on Friday based on doctor's advice.

Gibson said he was optimistic about Foley's inclusion, but if he is ruled out on Friday, Bryce Hegarty would retain the starting spot.

Gibson has stuck with the same backline, with the exception of Foley, for this weekend despite flagging a positional review after the 37-14 loss to the Sharks.

"I wanted to give the backline that opportunity to prove itself again," he said.

"With the reintroduction of Foley that may change things a little, get those combinations clicking. It just hasn't  clicked yet for that combination, we'll see how it goes," he said.

While Foley is still under a cloud, two concrete inclusions are that of Jed Holloway and Will Skelton ,from hamstring injuries, along with Ned Hanigan (knee).

Skelton didn’t complete the whole session on Thursday but Gibson said his early exit was simply ‘load managing’.

The Brumbies have made three changes for the clash, with Scott Fardy headlining their inclusions.

Fardy was rested for the Brumbies game against the Force but resumes his place at blindside flanker, with Ben Hyne shifting to the bench and Tom Staniforth dropping out of the matchday 23.

Lolo Fakaosilea will have his first Brumbies start at Canberra Stadium, replacing in-form flanker Chris Alcock (concussion).

Nigel Ah Wong will start on the wing in place of James Dargaville.

The Waratahs take on the Brumbies on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via radio on RUGBY.com.au.


Waratahs team to face the Brumbies

IN: Will Skelton, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Jake Gordon

OUT:  Senio Toleafoa, Matt Lucas, Maclean Jones, Cam Clark

1. Tom Robertson

2. Tolu Latu

3. Sekope Kepu

4. Dean Mumm

5. Will Skelton

6. Jack Dempsey

7. Michael Hooper (C)

8. Jed Holloway

9. Nick Phipps

10. Bernard Foley/Bryce Hegarty

11. Rob Horne

12. Irae Simone

13. Israel Folau

14. Reece Robinson

15. Andrew Kellaway


16.  Hugh Roach

17. Paddy Ryan

18. David Lolohea

19. David McDuling

20. Ned Hanigan

21. Michael Wells

22. Jake Gordon

23. Bryce Hegarty/David Horwitz

Brumbies team to face the Waratahs

IN: Scott Fardy, Nigel Ah Wong, Jordan Jackson-Hope

OUT: Tom Staniforth, James Dargaville, Chris Alcock

1. Ben Alexander

2. Josh Mann-Rea

3. Allan Alaalatoa

4. Rory Arnold

5. Sam Carter

6. Scott Fardy

7. Lolo Fakaosilea

8. Jordan Smiler

9. Joe Powell

10. Wharenui Hawera

11. Nigel Ah Wong

12. Kyle Godwin

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Henry Speight

15. Aidan Toua


16. Robbie Abel

17. Nic Mayhew

18. Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin

19. Blake Enever

20. Ben Hyne

21. De Wet Roos

22. Jordan Jackson-Hope

23. Andrew Smith