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Waratahs big guns return for Rebels clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017 Darren Walton

Powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro returns from injury in one of four changes to the NSW Waratahs' starting line-up for Sunday's Super Rugby clash with Melbourne Rebels.

Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps, No.8 Michael Wells and lock Will Skelton are also back in the run-on XV as the Waratahs bid to keep their finals hopes flickering with a home win at Allianz Stadium.

Coach Daryl Gibson said the Waratahs were raring to go - and ready to make a rare flying start - after focusing on their poor first halfs during their bye week.

In their last match against the Blues, the Waratahs trailed 26-0 at halftime before losing 40-33, while they also gifted the Rebels a big first-half lead before running them down on the buzzer in Melbourne.

"The players know that they need to work hard for the full 80 minutes and that we need to start with a real intent and an urgency to our performance," Gibson said.

NSW Waratahs: Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Cam Clark, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Michael Wells, Michael Hooper (capt), Ned Hanigan Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu. Tom Robertson. Reserves: Damien Fitzpatrick, Paddy Ryan, Angus Taavao, David McDuling, Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon, Bryce Hegarty, Irae Simone.

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