Security guard Elvis steps up for wounded Waratahs
Shopping mall security guard Elvis Taione could make his New South Wales Waratahs debut in the Super...
Shopping mall security guard
Elvis Taione could make his New South Wales Waratahs debut in
the Super rugby playoffs on Friday after being named on the
bench for the match against the Auckland Blues at Eden Park.
Taione was called into the squad after Wallabies hooker
Tatafu Polota-Nau was ruled out by a knee problem and will back
up John Ulugia as the injury-hit Waratahs look to book a
semi-final date with the Queensland Reds or Stormers.
As expected, the heavy injury toll means Wallabies fullback
Kurtley Beale will start at flyhalf for the knockout match with
pacey winger Lachie Turner taking the number 15 shirt.
Like hooker Taione, Australia's sevens captain Bernard Foley
has been called up from Sydney club rugby to provide cover for
Beale from the bench.
Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said the chopping and changing
forced on him all season by injury means his players were now
accustomed to adapting to the personnel available.
"If you've had a settled line-up all year and then things
are thrown around in a semi-final week it might cause a bit of
panic," said Hickey.
"However we haven't been able to field the same team week to
week in almost four months, so we're used to changing things
"We've been training since November and playing since
February so everyone has confidence in each other, and the
players who have come in from club rugby have taken everything
in their stride."