Bernard Foley ruled out once again ahead of Waratahs’ clash with Brumbies

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    Bernard Foley won’t take to the field for the Waratahs in their Round 4 match against the Brumbies, still waiting to make a return from the head knock he suffered in a pre-season trial game against the Highlanders.

    Foley is said to be very close to making a return but not quite ready in time for the Waratah’s Saturday-night match.

    “Bernard isn’t quite 100 per cent and still experiencing some symptoms,” said Waratahs head coach Darryl Gibson.

    “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.

    Although the Waratahs will again be missing Foley, they do have a number of players returning from injury to hopefully boost the side.

    “Having Will Skelton and Jed Holloway back in the starting line-up is a real positive. Jed is coming off a lengthy layout and he’s really ready to get back on the field as well as Ned Hanigan who has missed the opening three games. They’ll bring a fresh energy to the side,” said Gibson.

    “It will be a big game for the team with Sekope [Kepu] celebrating his 100th game for the NSW Waratahs along with Michael [Hooper] and Nick [Phipps] celebrating their 100th Super Rugby caps.”

    Waratahs side to play Brumbies
    1. Tom Robertson, 2. Tolu Latu, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. Will Skelton, 6. Jack Dempsey, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Jed Holloway, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bryce Hegarty, 11. Rob Horne, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Israel Folau, 14. Reece Robinson, 15. Andrew Kellaway.

    Reserves: 16. Hugh Roach, 17. Paddy Ryan, 18. David Lolohea, 19. David McDuling, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Michael Wells, 22. Jake Gordon, 23. David Horwitz.

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    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2017 @ 4:07pm
      Machooka said | March 17th 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

      Bugger… but better to err on the side of caution methinks.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 4:22pm
        Rugby Tragic said | March 17th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

        Sorry to read about this but yes particularly when referring to something much more important than a single game of footie.

        As a side note, if you want, we can lend you Ihaia West … just being neighbourly… *S*

        • Roar Rookie

          March 17th 2017 @ 5:13pm
          Shane D said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:13pm | ! Report

          That’s not nice RT.

          • March 17th 2017 @ 5:20pm
            Rugby Tragic said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

            Sorry, was a bit terse …. *S*

          • Roar Guru

            March 17th 2017 @ 5:25pm
            Machooka said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:25pm | ! Report

            Shane D… talking of things more important than footie, have we heard from old mate piru as his wife was just about to drop one?

    • March 17th 2017 @ 8:35pm
      Worlds Biggest said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

      Purely on the footy side of things, big loss for the Tahs, he has been sorely missed and will be again tomorrow in a must win for both teams.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 1:43am
      Daveski said | March 18th 2017 @ 1:43am | ! Report

      Should put Horwitz at 10. There’s a risk/reward factor to doing that but Gibson is patently a conservative.

      • March 18th 2017 @ 12:00pm
        Cynical Play said | March 18th 2017 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

        Agree. He’s a bigger game player than Hegarty. I would start him at 10 or 12 while Foley out. Foley is the key Tahs back and his loss is huge.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 12:20pm
      PiratesRugby said | March 18th 2017 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

      Sorry to hear Foley struggling with concussion issues. He’s got a life outside of playing rugby. I hope he’s ok.

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