Waratahs name towering lock on bench
May 9, 2013
Berrick Barnes returns to the New South Wales squad after an eight-week lay-off © Getty Images
New South Wales coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged starting XV for the Waratahs' Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
After last week's record 72-10 win over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth, Cheika is backing the same players to deliver against the Stormers while adding Wallabies Drew Mitchell and Berrick Barnes on an extended bench.
Back after an eight-week lay-off, Barnes will take the place of Ben Volavola, with Mitchell replacing Tom Kingston after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered against the Chiefs three weeks ago.
Also included on the bench is towering lock Will Skelton. If the 21-year-old, who weighs in at 135kg and stands at 203cm tall, makes his debut in the game, he will become the second heaviest player in this year's competition behind 137kg Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna.
Waratahs: Israel Folau; Cam Crawford, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Peter Betham; Bernard Foley, Brendan McKibbin; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis (captain); Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani; Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Replacements: John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman, Patrick McCutcheon, Matt Lucas, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell.