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   Jul 13

Michael Wells in line to wear Waratahs No.8 jersey following Jed Holloway injury

Michael Wells has emerged as the frontrunner to wear the Waratahs No.8 jersey in round one of Super Rugby after it was revealed Jed Holloway has a hamstring injury.
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Holloway has had a solid pre-season, but Gibson told Fairfax Media his back-rower is almost certain to miss the season opener against the Western Force at Allianz Stadium next Saturday.

It has left a spot open for Wells, who Gibson says will more than likely start at No.8 alongside breakaways Michael Hooper and Jack Dempsey.

“Holloway is another one who is due around round two,” Gibson said. “He’s had hamstring issues over the last six weeks, so we’ve just figured them out.

“Wells performed very well against the Brumbies. He continues to impress in that position so I fully expect him to take the starting spot at the moment.

“I just like his attitude to the game. He’s a tough, abrasive character and he’s got an immense work rate. All those qualities and traits are something that we like and he’s been an excellent addition to the team.”

Wells moved to the Waratahs this year from the Brumbies, where he started in a handful of games before coming off the bench in their quarter-final loss to the Highlanders in Canberra.

The 23-year-old said he would grab every opportunity he could in what is already shaping up to be a solid NSW back row.

“I’m coming in under no illusions, Jed had a great year and if it wasn’t for injury, he well could have ended up on a grand slam tour,” Wells said. “I was happy enough with my trial last week against the Brumbies. I’ll take whatever I can get.”

Hooper said he had been impressed with Wells at training.

“He’s been very consistent around the role he does,” Hooper said. “He’s got good ball-carrying skills. He had a really good game of defence against the Brumbies, so I’m looking for him to give us a lot this year.”

Gibson will announce his team on Wednesday to face the Highlanders in the Waratahs’ final pre-season trial.

A string of Wallabies players are expected to return and even though Bernard Foley sat out NSW training at Moore Park on Tuesday afternoon, officials are confident the incumbent five-eighth will be good to go.

It is unclear how similar Gibson’s starting XV on Thursday will be to the team that suits up against the Force, but there is one positional change that looks to be on the cards.

Gibson confirmed prop Tom Robertson, who was a revelation for the Waratahs last year, will swap to loosehead in the scrum to accommodate the return of Sekope Kepu.

Robertson represented seven times last year off the bench and swapped between loosehead and tighthead prop.

However, it is in the Waratahs’ best interest to have both he and Kepu, the Wallabies’ current tighthead, on the field at the same time.

Gibson believed Robertson had the potential to be a “world-class” loosehead prop.

“The expectation is his ability to play both sides,” Gibson said. “That’s going to be critical with Angus [Ta’avao] still working his way back from a broken leg, he’s due back round nine. We’re going to need that flexibility in our prop stocks.

“We know Sekope can play across but Tom, at the moment, looks like the person who can really have the ability to play both and play both well.

“We’ve got full faith in him that he’s got the ability to be able to do that and pull it off.”

The hooker spot is hotly contested between Tolu Latu, Hugh Roach and Damien Fitzpatrick, while the other main position up for grabs is that of inside-centre given Kurtley Beale has left, with David Horwitz, Irae Simone and Rob Horne all in the mix ahead of round one.

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