Late change as Waratahs lose Hunt
TEAM UPDATE: Waratahs are on the road again in Round 8 of Super Rugby AU, as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Brumbies.
Rob Penney has been forced to make a late change to his starting side after Karmichael Hunt incurred a minor hamstring injury.
Hunt’s injury is considered low-grade and will see him unavailable for the trip to Canberra, he’ll undertake further assessment at the beginning of next week ahead of the Waratah’s final regular-season game against the Rebels.
It’s forced a backline reshuffle for Penney, who has shifted Joey Walton to inside centre with Lalkai Foketi to play outside him.
Nick Malouf will join the reserves alongside Ben Donaldson and Mitch Short, with the Australian Sevens outside back in line for a NSW Waratahs debut.
Waratahs – revised: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Joey Walton, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Angus Bell, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Ben Donaldson, 23 Nick Malouf.
Date: Saturday, August 22
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19.15 (09.15 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper, Reuben Keane
TMO: Ian Smith