A renewal of the rivalry between high-profile league converts Benji Marshall and Israel Folau will initially be on hold when the Blues and the Waratahs play their Super Rugby pre-season trial in Sydney tomorrow night.
Folau has not been named in the starting line-up although he will be listed among the reserves when the bench is confirmed before kick-off at Allianz Stadium (9.40pm NZT).
Wallabies openside flanker Michael Hooper will also have to bide his time to pressurise Marshall in his second outing at first five-eighth after he was also designated an impact role in the second half.
Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley will line-up against Marshall and Kurtley Beale - who returns to his original Super Rugby franchise after a troubled stint at the Melbourne Rebels - will also occupy the pivot role during the match.
Beale, who started the Waratahs first trial against the Rebels at No 10 last weekend, runs on at fullback but will move closer to the action when Folau is brought off a bench that will also feature 91-cap utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Dave Dennis will captain the side which features Queensland recruit Jono Lance at second five-eighth and the comeback of injury-prone Wallaby No 8 Wycliff Palu.
NSW Waratahs: Kurtley Beale, Matthew Carraro, Rob Horne, Jono Lance, Peter Betham, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Pat McCutcheon, Dave Dennis (captain), Will Skelton, Kane Douglas, Paddy Ryan, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Michael Hooper, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Israel Folau (others TBC).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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