Waratahs ease Coronavirus fears
TEAM UPDATE: Waratahs were forced to make two late changes to their squad to face the Brumbies on Sunday.
Tom Robertson (back) did not pass his final markers to return to play and will be replaced on the bench by Rory O’Connor.
Robbie Abel (illness) has also been omitted from the matchday squad, with Andrew Tuala to take his place – his first Super Rugby appearance for 2020.
However, the Australian side revealed that Abel’s illness is in ‘no way related to COVID-19,’ also known as the Coronavirus
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Jack Dempsey , 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Rob Simmons (captain), 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Angus Bell.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Pat Tafa, 21 Michael McDonald, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 James Ramm.
Date: Sunday, March 15
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 16.05 (06.00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (Australia)
TMO: James Leckie (Australia)