Bernard Foley has overcome his concussion symptoms and been given the all clear to play for the Waratahs on Friday against the Hurricanes.
He missed the first four games before returning to face the Rebels two weeks ago. However, the symptoms then reappeared and he was forced to miss last Sunday’s 41-22 loss to the Crusaders.
Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson released a statement on Wednesday saying, “Bernard has been given the clearance after further expert reviews, including a review with neurologist, and treatment over the course of the last week.”
However, his teammate Rob Horne has been withdrawn due to a hamstring injury after initially being named to start. Instead, Israele Flau will take his place and Bryce Hegarty will play at fullback.
The winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has also been given his first start of the season after he came on and gave a fantastic performance against the Crusaders when he ran over the top of George Bridge to score.
However, the Hurricanes’ Julian Savea has been rested for tomorrow’s match so there will be no clash of giants on the wing.
Also being rested is Vince Aso, the competitions top try scorer, which means that Cory Jane will make his first appearance of the season while Wes Goosen will get his first start.
Chris Boyd, the Hurricanes’ coach, said, “If you look at Julian and Vince, they’ve both started all five matches so far, so it’s a chance for them to freshen up, but equally it gives Cory and Wes an opportunity. At the end of the day we have faith in the depth in our squad, so whoever runs out there were confident they’ll do the job. It’s a long season and you need to utilise your whole squad.”