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Team List - Week 1

  • Team List - Week 1

It's nearly here, after months of waiting Super Rugby is just a few days away. And the Tahs start with a danger game against the Western  Force in Sydney this Sunday.

So who made the cut?

Take a look below: 

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Starting XV: Benn Robinson, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Dave Dennis (c), Will Skelton, Jacques Potgieter, Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Rob Horne, Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Israel Folau.

Reserves: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Sam Lousi, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro

There aren't many surprises here, especially in the starting team. The return of Dave Dennis means that he retains his captaincy that was so well fulfilled by Michael Hooper in his absence. Kane Douglas' departure overseas means that Will Skelton takes his starting spot and Jacques Potgeiter shifts to flanker.

In the back line there were no real surprises either, Peter Betham's absence with injury means Rob Horne and Taqele Naiyaravoro join together to form a very physical pair of wingers.

The only slight shock is Sam Lousi making the bench, the recent league convert was expected to be given a grace period to adjust, he's obviously had a good pre-season and he has the size to be a great impact sub.

This is going to be a physical game to open the season for the Tahs. Here's hoping they're up for it!



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