As the squad flew out on Sunday morning, O’Connor (ribs), hooker Tolu Latu (calf) and back-rower Jack Dempsey (back) all stayed behind in Sydney, and Holloway joined them ahead of his Monday night SANZAAR hearing after being red-carded for elbowing Sharks prop Thomas du Toit in the head. Du Toit was shown a yellow card for his role in the encounter.
The foul play review committee will convene via teleconference at 6pm AEST to determine whether further sanction is necessary, after which the Waratahs may accept or appeal that decision, sending it to a hearing.
It leaves the forward pack weakened for two tough games ahead against the Bulls and Lions.
Robertson’s return is the only good news for NSW. At just 24, Robertson already has that many Tests under his belt for Australia and had established himself as a mainstay of both the Waratahs and Wallabies front rows before injuring his knee during a training session in Argentina during last year’s Rugby Championship.
He has been running water for his NSW teammates this season and working hard on his comeback, but was going to run out for Sydney University in club rugby while the squad was away.
Loose forwards Ned Hanigan and Will Miller were also named after overcoming injuries, while Gibson called in Norths back rower Hugh Sinclair, and Easts trio Ryan McAuley, Cody Walker and Mack Mason.
Waratahs squad for South Africa: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Alex Newsome, Andrew Tuala, Bernard Foley, Cam Clark, Chris Talakai, Cody Walker, Curtis Rona, Damien Fitzpatrick, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Hugh Sinclair, Jake Gordon, Karmichael Hunt, Kurtley Beale, Lachlan Swinton, Lalakai Foketi, Mack Mason, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Rob Simmons, Ryan McCauley, Sekope Kepu, Tom Robertson, Tom Staniforth, Will Miller.
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Publish date : 2019-04-28 03:20:00