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Folau back for Super Rugby semifinals

July 22, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Prolific tryscoring fullback Israel Folau will return to the New South Wales Waratahs’ starting lineup for Saturday’s Super Rugby semifinal against the ACT Brumbies, bringing the tournament favorites to full strength.

Folau, who has scored 12 tries this season, returns for the Australian derby along with South African flanker Jacques Potgeiter and Wallabies winger Rob Horne.

Coach Michael Cheika has named a powerful bench including young Wallabies lock Will Skelton, prop Paddy Ryan and wingers Cam Crawford and Taqele Naiyaravoro.

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NSW: Israel Folau, Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper (captain), Stephen Hoiles, Kane Douglas, Jacques Potgieter, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson.

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