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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...

New Super Rugby logo. Picture: SANZAR

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

around.

"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."

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