Barnes returns for Waratahs to face Cheetahs

The Wartahs have brought Berrick Barnes back for their Rd.5 Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at Allianz Stadium on Friday.


The inclusion of Barnes at inside centre is one of six personnel and two positional changes made by head coach Michael Cheika to the team that lost to the Brumbies last weekend.


Also returning to the starting XV is Pat McCutcheon, who takes over at No. 8 in place of the injured Wycliff Palu, allowing captain Dave Dennis to revert his preferred position on the blindside flank.


Out wide, a new wing combination sees Wallaby Lachie Turner elevated from the bench to partner up with newcomer Peter Betham.


A stand out in last season’s ITM Cup, Betham returns from a trial match ankle injury to take over from Drew Mitchell. Fullback Ben Volavola reverts to the bench in place of Israel Folau, who shifts back into the 15 jersey.


In the only remaining changes to the pack, hooker John Ulugia takes over from the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau, whilst Paddy Ryan gets a start at tight-head.


On the bench, Cheika has opted for a 4-3 forwards-backs split, with Rob Horne included in a match day 22 for the first time after returning from a hamstring injury sustained in a pre-season trial.


Waratahs


1. Benn Robinson , 2. John Ulugia , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Pat McCutcheon , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Berrick Barnes , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Lachie Turner , 15. Israel Folau


Replacements, 16. Luke Holmes , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Mitchell Chapman , 19. Lopeti Timani , 20. Matt Lucas , 21. Ben Volavola , 22. Rob Horne

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