He's back wearing the 'C': Hooper to lead Waratahs after Simmons scratching

Super Rugby - AU
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by Beth Newman

Waratahs captain Rob Simmons has been ruled out of Saturday's clash with the Reds.

Simmons was named in the starting side on Thursday despite carrying a rib injury, given as much time as possible to be cleared fit.

The Waratahs confirmed on Friday afternoon that the second rower had fallen short of his fitness marks and would miss the clash.

Michael Hooper will captain the side in Simmons' place with Tom Staniforth starting and Jed Holloway on the bench.

The Waratahs are looking to add to their one-win season with an upset victory over the Reds.

The Reds take on the Waratahs on Saturday August 8 at the SCG, kicking off at 7:15pm AEST, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy tickets here. Buy a Kayo Sports subscription here.

TEAM

Waratahs to face Reds

IN: Lalakai Foketi, Andrew Tuala, Angus Bell, Hugh Sinclair

OUT: Joe Cotton, Chris Talakai, Rob Simmons, Mark Nawaqanitawase,

1. Tom Robertson

2. Tom Horton

3. Harry Johnson-Holmes

4. Ned Hanigan

5. Tom Stanifort

6. Lachie Swinton

7. Michael Hooper

8. Jack Dempsey

9. Jake Gordon

10. Will Harrison

11. Alex Newsome

12. Karmichael Hunt

13. Lalakai Foketi

14. James Ramm

15. Jack Maddocks

Reserves

16. Andrew Tuala

17. Angus Bell

18. Tetera Faulkner

19. Jed Holloway

20. Hugh Sinclair

21. Mitch Short

22. Joey Walton

23. Ben Donaldson