Waratahs head coach Rob Penney has released his squad that will be on duty against the Reds in the Super Rugby AU opener in Brisbane on Friday
Will Harris makes his debut at number-eight while Michael Hooper and Lachlan Swinton will take care of the flanks. Ned Hanigan is back from injury to partner with captain Rob Simmons at lock.
Angus Bell, Robbie Abel and Harry Johnson-Holmes will be the front three. With Jake Gordon injured, Mitch Short and Will Harrison are the halfbacks
Joey Walton will make his debut at the inside centre where he will partner with Alex Newsome. Mark Nawanqanitawase will run on the left-wing as James Ramm takes care of the right-wing. Jack Maddocks will play at full-back.
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Waratahs: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Joey Walton, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Will Harris, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Tiaan Tauakipulu, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Michael Mcdonald, 22 Ben Donaldson, 23 Tepai Moeroa