Waratahs announce team to play Sharks

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Wallaby midweek captain Dean Mumm returns to the HSBC Waratahs line-up to take on the Sharks in the first home game of the 2010 Super 14 this Saturday at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Mumm is once again eligible to play after serving a two-match suspension and will take his place in the second row alongside rookie Kane Douglas.

Dave Dennis has held down his place in the starting XV after performing well in his first run-on appearance last weekend, shifting from lock to blindside flanker.

Ben Mowen moves from the starting side to take Locky McCaffrey’s place on the bench to cover the three backrow positions.

“It was always going to be a bit of a juggling act to see how Dean would come back into the team,” said Hickey. “It was one of those dilemmas that coaches like to have when a number of players are performing well in their position, and it only adds to the questions when there’s players such as Dave [Dennis] and Mummy who can fill more than one role.

“We know Ben will really give us some good punch at the end like he did in the Queensland game, and certainly everyone on the bench has an important role to play for us on Saturday.”

Despite back-to-back losses, Hickey was reluctant to play around with the line-up too much after last week’s match in Pretoria.

“We’ve learned some valuable lessons from the loss to the Bulls and we certainly have a number of things to work on, however we couldn’t really fault the commitment of anyone in the team last week,” said Hickey. “Combinations are coming together, and the confidence in different combinations when the bench players come on is really encouraging and that makes for a strong squad from 1 to 22.

“We’re confident of turning in a strong performance this weekend for our first home game and hopefully we’ll have a big home crowd to welcome us back to Sydney.”

Team vs Sharks
06 Mar 10
Aussie Stadium
Sydney, Australia

1 Benn Robinson
2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
3 Al Baxter
4 Dean Mumm
5 Kane Douglas
6 David Dennis
7 Phil Waugh
8 Wycliff Palu
9 Luke Burgess
10 Daniel Halangahu
11 Drew Mitchell
12 Berrick Barnes
13 Tom Carter
14 Lachlan Turner
15 Sosene Anesi
16 Damien Fitzpatrick
17 Sekope Kepu
18 Will Caldwell
19 Ben Mowen
20 Josh Holmes
21 Kurtley Beale
22 Rob Horne

[Info from SARugby.com]

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