Late blow for Tahs

Wallabies No 8 Wycliff Palu has been withdrawn from the Waratahs’ team for Saturday’s match against the Highlanders.

Palu is battling a leg injury and has been replaced by Tevita Metuisela. Metuisela had travelled with the squad to New Zealand as the 23rd man but comes straight into the stating line-up for the injured Palu. This means that the rest of the match 22 remains unchanged.

Waratahs – 15 Bernard Foley, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Daniel Halangahu (c), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Tevita Metuisela, 7 Pat McCutcheon, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Subs: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Lopeti Timani, 19 Jono Jenkins, 20 Brendan McKibbin, 21 Tom Carter, 22 Brackin Karuaria-Henry.