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The Waratahs look to have given up all hope of claiming a Super Rugby playoff position after opting to rest five of their Wallabies players for Friday’s final regular season match against the Highlanders.

Flanker and captain Michael Hooper, prop Sekope Kepu, lock Rob Simmons, flyhalf Bernard Foley and fullback Kurtley Beale will be left in Australia as part of a World Cup rest policy struck with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in the offseason.

The Waratahs, champions in 2014, still have an outside chance of qualifying for the postseason but need to beat the Highlanders handsomely in Dunedin and hope a slew of other results go their way.

Waratahs coach Gibson said last week he would not guarantee any of his top players would be rested for the final round but duly followed through on his deal with Cheika in his squad released on Wednesday.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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