Folau returns for Waratahs


imagesIsrael Folau will make his Super Rugby comeback on Saturday in a new-look back three for the NSW Waratahs’ clash with the Western Force.

The fullback had been sidelined for two weeks with a throat injury, but has been given the all clear to make his return.

He will line up alongside Rob Horne and Cam Crawford who have been named on the wings by coach Michael Cheika, while Kurtley Beale returns to inside centre.

Crawford replaces speedster Peter Betham who is out with a broken foot.

It will be his first game in the top-grade for 2014, after shoulder surgery in the off-season hampered his preparations.

Horne, meanwhile, gets a second crack in the No.14 following a knee injury to Alofa Alofa.

The 25-year-old played on the wing against the Sharks, but was suspended for a week for a high shot on Francois Steyn.

With Wycliff Palu unavailable due to an ankle injury, captain Dave Dennis will stay at No.8.

NSW Waratahs: Israel Folau, Cam Crawford, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Douglas, Will Skelton, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Stephen Hoiles, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Matt Carraro


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