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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
NSW Waratahs have named Bryce Hegarty to start at number ten with Bernard Foley to miss round four of the Vodafone Super Rugby against the Brumbies.
Foley has been sidelined since the trial game against the Highlanders and has missed the opening three rounds due to ongoing symptoms from a head knock.
NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson said Foley was very close to lining up this weekend but they just want to give him more time.
“Bernard isn’t quite 100 per cent and still experiencing some symptoms.
He has trained all week and completed his cognitive tests. We have seen improvements but he still has some symptoms lingering.
“It’s frustrating for Bernard being so very close – he more than anyone wants to be back out on the field.
“But we won’t want to push him so we’ll give him more time and ensure we take all the necessary precautions to get him back to 100 per cent,” said Gibson.
Bryce Hegarty will once again start in the number ten jersey, with David Horwitz moving onto the bench.
Gibson said despite not having Foley in the mix, he is pleased to be welcoming back players coming off injury.
“Having Will Skelton and Jed Holloway back in the starting line up is a real positive. Both have the ability to bend and break the defensive line and are our more dominant ball carriers.
“We have Ned Hanigan also, who is another consistent ball carrier and known for his strong work ethic around the field.
“It will be a big game for the team with Sekope celebrating his 100thgame for the NSW Waratahs along with Michael and Nick celebrating their 100thSuper Rugby caps,” said Gibson.
The NSW Waratahs are at home to the Brumbies on Saturday 18 March at 7:40pm at Allianz Stadium
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