Israel Folau on Waratahs bench for Blues clash

Last updated 14:47 06/02/2014
Israel Folau
Getty Images
CODE BREAKER: Israel Folau.

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

High-flying Crusaders cooking up a storm but aim to keep a lid on penalty count Super Rugby: Five things learned from the Crusaders' game against the Force Waratahs ready for New Zealand challenge Happy weekend for NZ as Crusaders, Blues and Highlanders earn Super Rugby victories Reds caught short against Jaguares Highlanders coach Tony Brown heaps praise on youngsters after Canberra win Fast-improving wing Matt Duffie shows the way forward for Tana Umaga's Blues Recap: Jaguares v Reds - Super Rugby round five Highlanders come from behind to beat Brumbies 18-13 in Canberra Blues backs finally click into gear as Ihaia West cameo helps them surge to bonus point victory over Bulls

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).

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content