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TEAMS: Wallabies stars back for Friday night blockbuster

Wed, 31/03/2021, 10:00 am
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Reds scrumhalf Tate McDermott finds a way when others can't.

The Waratahs will play their first game without Rob Penney on Friday night when they host the Brumbies to kick off Round Seven of Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU.

The Melbourne Rebels then square off against ladder leaders, the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park in Melbourne LIVE on 9Gem and Stan Sport.

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Friday 2 April 7.45pm AEDT – NSW Waratahs v Brumbies at the Sydney Cricket Ground, ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.

Want to get to the game? Make sure you’ve got your tickets beforehand!

A timely return for interim co-coaches Chris Whitaker and Jason Gilmore with Tahs skipper Jake Gordon making his return from an ankle injury.

Gordon's return shores up the Tahs backline when they need it most, with the halfback one of three changes to the NSW 23-man squad.

The Brumbies have welcomed back a big gun of their own with Tom Wright thrown straight into start after overcoming a knee injury.

Tom Cusack also returns after missing their last start against the Force as Jahrome Brown drops out.

WARATAHS (1-15): Angus Bell, David Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jeremy Williams, Max Douglas, Hugh Sinclair, Carlo Tizzano, Will Harris, Jake Gordon (c), Will Harrison, James Ramm, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Alex Newsome, Jack Maddocks

Reserves: Tom Horton, Tetera Faulkner, Darcy Breen, Michael Wood, Charlie Gamble, Jack Grant, Tane Edmed, Mark Nawaqanitawase

INs: Michael Wood, Charlie Gamble, Jake Gordon

OUTs: Sam Caird, Sam Wykes, Henry Robertson

BRUMBIES (1-15): Harry Lloyd, Folau Fainga'a, James Slipper, Nick Frost, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Pete Samu, Nic White (c), Noah Lolesio, Andy Muirhead, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Tom Wright, Tom Banks

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Fred Kaihea, Sefo Kautai, James Tucker, Rory Scott, Ryan Lonergan, Bayley Kuenzle, Mack Hansen

INs: Nick Frost, Tom Cusack, Tom Wright, Bayley Kuenzle,

OUTs: Darcy Swain, Jahrome Brown, Reesjan Pasitoa, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa

Big Tongan Thor tried a goose step that would made David Campese proud.

Saturday 3 April 7:45pm AEDT – Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds at AAMI Park, ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport and simulcast on 9Gem.

Get down to the game! Make sure you’ve got your tickets beforehand!

The Melbourne Rebels have named an extended bench for Saturday's clash with the Reds at AAMI Park, with former Sevens stars Lewis Holland and Jeral Skelton amongst the reserves.

Hooker Jordan Uelese will start as James Hanson shifts to the reserves.

The Reds meanwhile have been forced into a backline reshuffle after the injury to Suliasi Vunivalu.

Bryce Hegarty comes into start in the 15 jersey as Jock Campbell shifts to the wing. Jordan Petaia also moves outside to the right wing to make way for Hamish Steward at inside centre.

Electric winger Filipo Daugunu and the ever-impressive Seru Uru have moved to the reserves.

REBELS (1-15): Cabous Eloff, Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa'amausili, Steve Cummins, Trevor Hosea, Joshua Kemeny, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To'omua (c), Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Stacey Ili, Frank Lomani, Tom Pincus

Reserves: James Hanson, Matt Gibbon, Albert Anae, Tom Nowlan, Rob Leota, James Tuttle, Lewis Holland, Jeral Skelton, Lucio Sordoni, Glen Vaihu (two to omit)

INs: Albert Anae, Lewis Holland, Jeral Skelton

OUTs: Lachie Anderson

QLD REDS (1-15): Feao Fotuaika, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O'Connor (c), Jock Campbell, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Bryce Hegarty

Reserves: Alex Mafi, Richie Asiata, Zane Nonggorr, Angus Blyth, Seru Uru, Kalani Thomas, Josh Flook, Filipo Daugunu

INs: Feao Fotuaika, Angus Blyth, Josh Flook

OUTs: Dane Zander, Suliasi Vunivalu, Sam Wallis

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