Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby final

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 17:56 29/07/2014
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The NSW Waratahs have predictably named an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium as they seek to convert an eight-match winning streak into a maiden title.

With no injury concerns following last Saturday's 26-8 semifinal win over the Brumbies, head coach Michael Cheika has retained the 23-man squad that provided the success-starved franchise with a historic home final.

However, he has named Wallabies wing Peter Betham on an extended 10-man bench for Cam Crawford, with two players to be omitted prior to kick-off.

The Waratahs, who finished the regular season on top of the table, are seeking to avenge two previous title-deciding losses to the Crusaders in 2005 and 2008.

Five players in the squad were involved in the final in Christchurch six years ago - Rob Horne, Kurtley Beale, Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson.

The Crusaders arrive in Sydney tomorrow.

NSW Waratahs: Israel Folau, Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper (captain), Stephen Hoiles, Kane Douglas, Jacques Potgieter, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Paddy Ryan, Jeremy Tilse, Will Skelton, Mitchell Chapman, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro Taqele Naiyaravoro, Peter Betham (two to be omitted).

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