Jake Gordon returns for Brumbies encounter

· Super Rugby - AU
by Waratahs Media

The NSW Waratahs have named their team to face the Brumbies in Round 7 of Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU.

 
NSW Waratahs Co-Coaches Chris Whitaker and Jason Gilmore have made five changes to their starting team.


In a huge boost for the side, Waratahs captain Jake Gordon makes his return from a syndesmosis injury suffered in Round 1 against the Reds partnering Will Harrison in the halves. 


Waratahs Co-Coach Chris Whitaker was thrilled to have the skipper back in the side.


“It’s good to have Jake back in the team, obviously Jack Grant has done an amazing job but having Jake’s leadership out in the field is going to be crucial for us” Whitaker said.


Wallaby Angus Bell returns to the starting front row at loosehead, pushing Harry Johnson-Holmes back to tighthead. Dave Porecki, fresh after being named in the first Wallabies squad of the year, is once again the starting hooker.


Jeremy Williams and Max Douglas will lock the scrum after Sam Wykes (bicep) and Sam Caird (concussion) were both ruled out.


Despite the loss of Caird and Wykes, Whitaker has been impressed with his young locks.  


“I’m expecting them to lift to the occasion. Its only Maxi’s second game and he’s straight in the starting position while Jez made his debut earlier in the year, every game they play they keep getting better” said Whitaker.


Will Harris, the Waratahs best on the ground last week against the Reds, joins Hugh Sinclair and Carlo Tizzano in the backrow.


Lalakai Foketi and Izaia Perese continue build their partnership in the midfield while the back-three comprises of Alex Newsome, James Ramm and Jack Maddocks.


The bench features some new faces with Charlie Gamble and Michael Wood both set to make their Super Rugby and NSW Waratahs debuts off the bench.

No.

Position

Name

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Angus Bell

2

HOOKER

David Porecki

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Harry Johnson-Holmes

4

LEFT LOCK

Jeremy Williams

5

RIGHT LOCK

Max Douglas

6

BLINDSIDE FLANKER

Hugh Sinclair

7

OPENSIDE FLANKER

Carlo Tizzano

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Will Harris

9

SCRUMHALF

Jake Gordon (C)

10

FLYHALF

Will Harrison

11

LEFT WING

James Ramm

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Lalakai Foketi

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Izaia Perese

14

RIGHT WING

Alex Newsome

15

FULLBACK

Jack Maddocks

Replacements:

 

16

RESERVE

Tom Horton

17

RESERVE

Te Tera Faulkner

18

RESERVE

Darcy Breen

19

RESERVE

Michael Wood

20

RESERVE

Charlie Gamble

21

RESERVE

Jack Grant

22

RESERVE

Tane Edmed

23

RESERVE

Mark Nawaqanitawase


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