Wallabies No.8 Wycliff Palu has been ruled out the NSW Waratahs’ named for the Super Rugby home clash with the Western Force on Saturday night.
Palu failed to recover sufficiently from the lower leg injury that kept him out of last week’s 18-17 loss to the Highlanders.
He had a light training run on Tuesday but was unable to get the tick of approval from medical staff to face the winless Force at Allianz Stadium, with Tevita Metuisela retained at No.8.
Former Force player Jono Jenkins will start at openside flanker in place of Pat McCutcheon, who has been sidelined for six months with an ankle injury suffered against the Highlanders.
Back from a stint in Japan, big loose forward Sitaleki Timani will make his return to action from the bench.
Bernard Foley, Tom Kingston, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Daniel Halangahu (capt), Sarel Pretorius, Tevita Metuisela, Jono Jenkins, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Res: John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Lopeti Timani, Chris Alcock, Brendan McKibbin, Tom Carter.