Wycliff Palu named on Waratahs' bench
April 4, 2013
Wycliff Palu adds substantial impact from the bench © Getty Images
Wycliff Palu will return from an ankle injury off the New South Wales Waratahs bench in the Super Rugby fixture against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
The incumbent Wallabies N0. 8 has missed the past four matches with an ankle injury suffered against Melbourne Rebels in round three, but coach Michael Cheika has resisted the temptation to rush the injury-plagued forward straight into the starting side. Pat McCutcheon retains the number eight jumper for at least one more week.
Cheika has made just one change to the starting line-up that scraped home against Western Force: tight-head prop Sekope Kepu replaces fellow Wallabies front-rower Paddy Ryan who reverts to the bench.
Tatafu Polota-Nau was ruled out due to concussion, with Luke Holmes replacing the Test hooker on the bench.
Waratahs: Israel Folau; Peter Betham, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Drew Mitchell; Bernard Foley, Brendan McKibbin; Pat McCutcheon, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis (captain); Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani; Sekope Kepu, John Ulugia, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Luke Holmes, Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman, Wycliff Palu, Matt Lucas, Ben Volavola, Tom Kingston.
The Waratahs just held off Western Force in Sydney (video available only in Australia)