Waratahs to wait over Foley's fitness

A decision will be made on Bernard Foley's fitness on Friday.
A decision will be made on Bernard Foley's fitness on Friday. DEAN LEWINS

PLAYMAKER Bernard Foley has been bracketed for a return to Super Rugby this weekend against the Brumbies, but the Waratahs will not make a final decision until Friday.

Foley has not played a game this year after being concussed in a pre-season trial match and then experiencing ongoing symptoms.

The Wallabies and NSW No.10 was sent home from South Africa a fortnight ago to consult specialists after persistent headaches and sensitivity to light affected him during training sessions.

While Foley trained with the run-on Waratahs side on Thursday ahead of Saturday night's game, coach Daryl Gibson will make a decision on his star after assessing him Friday morning.

"For Bernard it's all about how he pulls up after training today," Gibson said.

"We are hopeful he will start but if there are any doubts we will give him another week."

The Waratahs have confirmed the return of another key player for the first time this year, with No.8 Jed Holloway thrust immediately into the starting side after shoulder and then hamstring injuries kept him sidelined since last season.

Holloway takes the place of Michael Wells, who moves to a bench split 6-2, with Ned Hanigan also named on the pine after a knee injury kept him out in earlier rounds.

Lock Will Skelton returns to the starting side after missing both games of the South African tour with a hamstring strain.

But it will be Foley's inclusion or omission that will have most consequence on the key game against their rivals.

Foley's understudy Bryce Hegarty will again fill the five-eighth spot should the Wallaby fail to recover, however NSW would certainly prefer to have their first-choice No.10 back after successive hammerings in South Africa.

The Brumbies have brought back Wallaby enforcer Scott Fardy into their starting pack after giving him last week off, although Wallaby prop Scott Sio has again failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

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