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Waratahs prop Robinson fit to face Reds

05/03/2009 03:03:36 PM Comments (0)

Test prop Benn Robinson has been cleared of injury and will earn his 50th NSW cap when the Waratahs take on Queensland in a Super 14 match at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday night.

Robinson had been in doubt after sustaining a blow to his left knee which forced him from the field in last week's 34-16 win over the Highlanders.

Coach Chris Hickey said Robinson's inclusion was a boost for the team on the eve of a typically fierce all-Australian derby.

"Benn's recovered quite well from the knock on the knee and is fit to take his place tomorrow against the Reds," said Hickey.

"We're expecting a strong contest up front, and a player with Benn's experience will add a lot to that contest.

"Everyone's come through the captain's run well, so now it's a matter of resting up and getting everyone's mind in order for what is going to be a great match tomorrow night."

In the only change to last week's team, Tatafu Polota-Nau is back in the starting line-up with Adam Freier on the bench.

Centre Timana Tahu will again start from the bench with Hickey electing to stay with Tom Carter in the starting No.12 jersey.

Sam Norton-Knight will play his 50th Super Rugby game, having earned nine caps for the Brumbies, while captain Phil Waugh moves ahead of David Lyons to be the second highest capped Waratah in Super Rugby, with 101 appearances.

The Waratahs are chasing their 10th straight victory at home, a feat last achieved by NSW between 1936 and 1938.

Waratahs: Sam Norton-Knight, Lachie Turner, Rob Horne, Tom Carter, Lote Tuqiri, Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, Phil Waugh (capt), Ben Mowen, Will Caldwell, Dean Mumm, Al Baxter, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Res: Adam Freier, Dan Palmer, Chris Thomson, Dave Dennis, Brett Sheehan, Daniel Halangahu, Timana Tahu.

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