Gordon returns as Tahs confirm lineup for Rebels

· Super Rugby - AU
by Waratahs Media

The NSW Waratahs will host the Melbourne Rebels at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Round 4 of Vodafone Super Rugby AU this Friday night.

Head Coach, Rob Penney has named the same starting XV that fell agonisingly short of victory against the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium.

Tom Horton maintains his place in the starting side after scoring his first try in Super Rugby in Round 3, while Joey Walton will continue in midfield alongside Karmichael Hunt.

Another potential Super rugby AU debutant joins the bench, with Joe Cotton named in place of Robbie Abel. He joins Junior Wallaby teammates Ben Donaldson and Mark Nawaqanitawase on the reserves.

Jake Gordon makes his long-awaited return from injury via the bench after overcoming a troublesome hamstring issue, while Jed Holloway could make his first appearance in Super Rugby AU.

NSW Waratahs Round 4 team announcement:

No. Position Name
1 LOOSEHEAD PROP TOM ROBERTSON
2 HOOKER TOM HORTON
3 TIGHTHEAD PROP HARRY JOHNSON-HOLMES
4 LEFT LOCK NED HANIGAN
5 RIGHT LOCK ROB SIMMONS (c)
6 LEFT FLANKER LACHLAN SWINTON
7 RIGHT FLANKER MICHAEL HOOPER
8 NUMBER EIGHT JACK DEMPSEY
9 SCRUMHALF MITCH SHORT
10 FLYHALF WILL HARRISON
11 LEFT WING ALEX NEWSOME (vc)
12 INSIDE CENTRE KARMICHAEL HUNT
13 OUTSIDE CENTRE JOEY WALTON
14 RIGHT WING JAMES RAMM
15 FULLBACK JACK MADDOCKS
Replacements:
16. RESERVE JOE COTTON
17. RESERVE TETERA FAULKNER
18. RESERVE CHRIS TALAKAI
19. RESERVE TOM STANIFORTH
20. RESERVE JED HOLLOWAY
21. RESERVE JAKE GORDON
22. RESERVE MARK NAWAQANITAWASE
23. RESERVE BEN DONALDSON

Vodafone Super Rugby AU - Round 4
NSW Waratahs v Melbourne Rebels
Friday 24 July
Kick off: 7:05pm (local)
SCG
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