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Cross to face familiar foes – Ryan Cross will start for the Waratahs at centre against his former team the Western Force on Thursday.

Cross will partner Tom Carter in the midfield, meaning Lachie Turner will return to the wing. Turner displaces Afa Pakalani, who will now play for the Junior Waratahs against Western Force A in the curtain raiser.

Wallabies Benn Robinson (calf) and Rob Horne (elbow) have been left out of the match day squads because of minor niggles, but will continue to train with the team in the lead-up to the match.

Waratahs – 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (c), 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Subs: TBA