Staniforth starts as Simmons returns for Force clash

· Super Rugby - AU
by Waratahs Media

The NSW Waratahs will head to the Gold Coast this Friday to take on the Western Force in Round 7 of Vodafone Super Rugby AU.



Rob Simmons will return from injury after being a late scratching from his side's convincing last-start victory over the Reds.

The returning skipper will partner Tom Staniforth in the second row, with Ned Hanigan shifting to the reserves. 

Tetera Faulkner earns his first start for the Waratahs in Super Rugby AU, while Robbe Abel returns to the bench after being unavailable for personal reasons.

It's an unchanged starting backline for Rob Penney, with Mich Short, Ben Donaldson and Joey Walton all on the bench.

NSW Waratahs Round 7 team announcement:


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


Vodafone Super Rugby AU - Round 7
Western Force v NSW Waratahs
Friday 14 August
Kick off: 7:05pm (local)
CBUS Stadium, Gold Coast

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