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Where: ANZ Stadium
When: 08.40 (GMT)
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Due to his waithdrawal Hooper will now lead the NSW Waratahs for the first time this Saturday
Dennis’ place in the starting XV will be taken by Stephen Hoiles, with Pat McCutcheon joining the bench.
Invited to train with the squad for the 2014 pre-season, Hoiles was named on the bench for last week’s Force clash and came on for Dennis in the 66th minute.
The eight-year stretch between caps (he last played for NSW on May 19, 2006) is bettered by only two other players (Phil Hardcastle 2/5/1938 to 27/7/1946 and Jack Turnbull 12/6/1939 to 24/5/1947), both of whom had their career interrupted by World War II.
The Reds have been forced into making a change to their team to face the Waratahs as Mike Harris has been ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Harris will be replaced by Anthony Fainga’a at inside centre, who will start his first game of the season for the Reds. Ben Lucas comes into the match-day 23 as a replacement on the reserves bench.
Harris pulled up fine from the Reds’ 27-17 win over the Brumbies last weekend and trained well early in the week, but complained of ankle soreness after weights this morning.
He missed morning training to go for a scan on the ankle and has since been ruled out.
1. James Slipper , 2. Saia Fainga’a , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C) , 6. Eddie Quirk , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (VC) , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Dom Shipperley , 12. Anthony Fainga’a , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Lachie Turner , 15. Aidan Toua
Replacements : 16. James Hanson , 17. Ben Daley , 18. Jono Owen , 19. Ed O’Donoghue , 20. Beau Robinson , 21. Nick Frisby , 22. Ben Lucas , 23. Chris Feauai-Sautia
1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Stephen Hoiles , 7. Michael Hooper (Manly, captain) , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15. Israel Folau ,
Replacements from 16. Tola Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Sekope Kepu , 19. Will Skelton , 20. Pat McCutcheon , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22. Rob Horne , 23. Matt Carraro , 24. Jonno Lance