Team News: Waratahs Test players return for Reds clash in Narrabri

The NSW Waratahs continue their road home to Allianz Stadium with a pre-season match against the Reds, part of the 2023 Santos Festival of Rugby, in Narrabri on Saturday 11 February.NSW Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman has fielded a formidable lineup, featuring returning Wallabies, to start the match.Tom Lambert has been promoted to the starting side after an impressive shift against the Brumbies, joining Mahe Vailanu and Archer Holz in the front-row.Jed Holloway runs out for his first match of the 2023 pre-season and locks the scrum with Wallaby teammate Ned Hanigan.Lachie Swinton continues his comeback from injury, forming an abrasive back row with Charlie Gamble and Will Harris.Waratahs Skipper Jake Gordon returns to the side and will partner Tane Edmed in the halves, with Ben Donaldson shifting to fullback and Max Jorgensen on the wing in the place of the injured Dylan Pietsch.Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman was looking for more improvement from his side after their narrow loss to the Brumbies.“Last week was a great chance to blow out the cobwebs, and I’m expecting the lads to take it to the next level this week,” Coleman said.“We’ve picked a strong starting team that will play longer minutes as we build towards round one, and we’re excited to welcome back our Wallabies in Holloway, Gordon, Foketi, Perese, and Nawaqanitawase.“We can’t wait to get to Narrabri, the Central North is such a strong rugby area, and we’re really looking forward to playing in front of our regional fans and connecting with the local community through coaching clinics and school visits.”The NSW Waratahs men’s and women’s matches against the Reds will be streamed live on Stan Sport.WARATAHS Starting Team1) Tom Lambert 2) Mahe Vailanu, 3) Archer Holz, 4) Jed Holloway, 5) Ned Hanigan, 6) Lachie Swinton, 7) Charlie Gamble, 8) Will Harris, 9) Jake Gordon, 10) Tane Edmed, 11) Max Jorgensen, 12) Lalakai Foketi, 13) Mosese Tuipulotu, 14) Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15) Ben DonaldsonFinishers:16) Tolu Latu, 17) Sateki Latu, 18) Te Tera Faulkner, 19) Hugh Sinclair, 20) Langi Gleeson, 21) Harrison Goddard, 22) Henry O'Donnell, 23) Nemani Nadolo, 24) Ben Dowling, 25) Hunter Ward, 26) Harry Wilson, 27) Taleni Seu, 28) Brad AmitanuaiClick Here: 2021 Soccer Tracksuit