TEAM NEWS: Beale to fullback, Holloway returns for Waratahs

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by Beth Newman

Kurtley Beale will replace Israel Folau at fullback for the Waratahs against the Rebels.

Beale missed training on Monday and Tuesday with illness but was named at 15 regardless and is set to train with the team on Thursday.

Karmichael Hunt and Adam Ashley-Cooper will team up in the centres for NSW with Cam Clark and Alex Newsome on the wings.

"Three to four days off with tonsillitis and general illness," he said.

"It'll be good to welcome him back.

"With Israel stood down, he'll move into a familiar position at fullback and it's a real opportunity for him to step up in a position that we know he can and really try and own that position for the next nine games."

Gibson said the players were keen to get back on the park after a dramatic week surrounding controversial fullback Israel Folau.

"The off-field events that have swirled around the team, it has been a distraction, but the team on the field are really focused on delivering a performance that we can be proud of and really shows the spirit of this team," he said.

"On-field is a real sanctuary for the players and what I've seen on Monday and Tuesday, is just the release of a lot of energy that's built up and some really good quality stuff."

The Waratahs have a chance to narrow the Rebels' lead at the top of the Australian conference with a win at the SCG.

The Waratahs take on the Rebels on Saturday April 20 at the SCG, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Kayo and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.

TEAM

Waratahs to face Rebels

1. Harry Johnson-Holmes

2. Damien Fitzpatrick

3. Sekope Kepu

4. Jed Holloway

5. Rob Simmons

6. Jack Dempsey

7. Michael Hooper

8. Michael Wells

9. Jake Gordon

10. Bernard Foley

11. Cam Clark

12. Karmichael Hunt

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper

14. Alex Newsome

15. Kurtley Beale

Reserves

16. Andrew Tuala

17. Rory O'Connor

18. Chris Talakai

19. Tom Staniforth

20. Will Miller

21. Nick Phipps

22. Lalakai Foketi

23. Curtis Rona