Much hyped league convert Timana Tahu will receive his first taste of Super Rugby when he starts for the Waratahs against the Hurricanes this Friday.
Coach Ewen McKenzie has opted to include Tahu on the wing in an exciting back-three combination with Lote Tuquiri and the electric Lachie Turner. Tom Carter is also a new addition at inside centre while Kurtley Beale is entrusted with a start at 10.
Tuqiri hasn’t played in any of the pre-season matches and recently underwent surgery to clear his breathing passage of a blockage. The Wallabies winger has reportedly made a full recovery and is operating at 15% better than before the operation in terms of aerobic capacity.
Waratahs – Matt Dunning, Adam Freier, Al Baxter, Dean Mumm, Dan Vickerman, Rocky Elsom, Phil Waugh (c), Wycliff Palu, Brett Sheehan, Kurtley Beale, Lote Tuqiri, Tom Carter, Ben Jacobs, Timana Tahu, Lachie Turner.
Subs: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Will Caldwell, Beau Robinson, Luke Burgess, Sam Harris, Alfi Mafi.