Beale takes Folau's place at fullback
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson announced his side that will take on the Rebels on Saturday at the SCG.
The most notable change sees Kurtley Beale take over the fullback duties from Israel Folau, who has been stood down.
The Waratahs are also boosted by the return of Michael Hooper and Jake Gorden to the starting team
Hooper who will celebrate his 100th NSW Waratahs match. Also celebrating a milestone will be Jed Holloway who’ll play his 50th game for the NSW Waratahs, returning to the starting XV after a rib injury.
Teams will be playing for the Weary Dunlop Shield, named in honour of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, who represented Australia and Victoria in Rugby Union and served as a medical officer in World War II.
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Will Miller, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Curtis Rona.
Date: Saturday, April 20
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.45 (09.45 GMT)
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: James Leckie (Australia)