Stars and newbies in action


The NSW Waratahs have named three starters to kick off the 2022 Super Rugby season while James O’Connor will play his 100th Super Rugby game as the Round 1 squads are announced.

Waratahs head coach Darren Coleman picked Geoff Cridge, Dylan Pietsch and Jamie Roberts with two of the named starters in the starting 15.

Pietsch is a former Australian Sevens player and will play on the right wing.

“It’s quite surreal, I tried to hold back my tears at the team meeting but didn’t really do a good job because I wanted to play Super Rugby since I started at Leeton Phantoms when I was four,” Pietsch said. .

As expected, the Queensland Reds named Tate McDermott and Liam Write as co-captains.

The Wallabies O’Connor and McDermott will start in the halves, with Hamish Stewart and Josh Flook on the outside in midfield.

Meanwhile, Brumbies coach Dan McKellar named a squad that includes 12 Wallabies against the Western Force on Sunday afternoon.

It’s going to be a big weekend of action with Matt Philip returning for the Rebels to be joined at No. 2 by Ross Haylett-Petty.

Fullback Reece Hodge and center Matt To’omua were cleared.

Super Rugby Pacific Round 1 Teams

Waratahs vs Fijian Drua

Friday, 7:45 p.m. (AEDT), CommBank Stadium
Waratahs
1. Angus Bell, 2. Davie Porecki, 3. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 4. Jed Holloway, 5. Geoff Cridge, 6. Lachlan Swinton, 7. Charles Gamble, 8. Will Harris, 9. Jake Gordon, 10. Ben Donaldson, 11 years old. James Turner, 12 years old. Lalakai Foketi, 13 years old. Izaia Perese, 14 years old. Dylan Pietsch, 15 years old. Alex Newsome,

Reserves: 16. Tom Horton, 17. Te Tera Faulkner, 18. Tiaan Tauakipulu, 19. Hugh Sinclair, 20. Carlo Tizzano, 21. Henry Robertson, 22. Tane Edmed, 23. Jamie Roberts

Fijian Drua
1. Jone Koroiduadua, 2. Tevita Ikanivere, 3. Samu Tawake, 4. Isoa Nasilasila, 5. Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 6. Meli Derenalagi, 7. Kitione Salawa, 8. Nemani Nagusa (c), 9. Simione Kuruvoli, 10 Baden Kerr, 11. Vinaya Habosi, 12. Kalaveti Ravouvou, 13. Apisalome Vota, 14. Kitone Ratu, 15. Selestino Ravutaumada.

Reserves: 16. Mesulame Dolokto, 17. Timoci Sauvoli, 18. Manasa Saulo, 19. Viliame Rarasea, 20. Vilive Miramira, 21. Peni Matawalu, 22. Caleb Muntz, 23. Onisi Ratave

Chiefs versus Highlanders

Saturday, 2:35 p.m. (AESD), FMG Stadium, Waikato
Chiefs

Reservations: To confirm

mountaineers

Reservations: To confirm

Crusaders against hurricanes

Saturday, 5:05 p.m. (AEST), Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
crusaders
To confirm

Reservations: To confirm

Hurricanes
To confirm

Reservations: To confirm

Reds against rebels

Saturday, 7.45pm (AEST), Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Reds
1. Dane Zander, 2. Alex Mafi, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Angus Blyth, 5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 6. Angus Scott-Young, 7. Liam Wright (c), 8. Harry Wilson, 9. Tate McDermott (c), 10. James O’Connor,11. Filipo Daugunu, 12. Hamish Stewart, 13. Josh Flook, 14. Jordan Petaia, 15. Jock Campbell,

Reserves: 16. Josh Nasser, 17. Harry Hoopert, 18. Zane Nonggorr, 19. Ryan Smith, 20. Fraser McReight, 21. Spencer Jeans, 22. Hunter Paisami, 23. Lawson Creighton

rebels
1. Cameron Orr, 2. Jordan Uelese, 3. Cabous Eboff, 4. Matt Philip, 5. Ross Haylett-Petty, 6. Sam Wallis, 7. Brad Wilkin, 8. Michael Wells, 9. Joe Powell, 10. Carter Gordon, 11. Glen Vaihu, 12. Matt To’omua, 13. Stacey Ili, 14. Lachie Anderson, 15. Reece Hodge

Reserves: 16. Matt Gibbon, 17. James Hanson, 18. Sef Fa’agase, 19. Thomas Nowlan, 20. Tamati Ioane, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Raymond Nu’u, 23. Young Tonumaipea

Brumbies vs Force

Sunday, 3 p.m. (AEST), GIO Stadium
Brumbies
1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Allan Alaalatoa (c), 4. Darcy Swain, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 6. Rob Valetini, 7. Rory Scott, 8. Pete Samu, 9. Nic White, 10. Noah Lolesio, 11. Andy Muirhead, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Len Ikitau, 14. Tom Wright, 15. Tom Banks

Reserves: 16. Lachlan Lonergan, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Tom Ross, 19. Nick Frost, 20. Ed Kennedy, 21. Ryan Lonergan, 22. Ollie Sapsford, 23. Jesse Mogg

To obligate
1. Tom Robertson, 2. Feleti Kaitu’u (c), 3. Santiago Medrano, 4. Fergus Lee-Warner, 5. Izack Rodda, 6. Brynard Stander, 7. Kane Koteka, 8. Tim Anstee, 9. Ian Forward, 10. Reesjan Pasitoa, 11. Manasa Mataele*, 12. Bayley Kuenzle, 13. Kyle Godwin (vc), 14. Toni Pulu, 15. Jake Strachan.

Reserves: 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Harrison Lloyd, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Ryan McCauley, 20. Ollie Callan, 21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22. Jake McIntyre, 23. Richard Kahui.




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