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Rocky's ready for comeback

AUSTRALIA back-row Rocky Elsom could make his first appearance in this year's Super Rugby competition after being named as part of an extended bench for the New South Wales Waratahs' clash with the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.

Former Leinster star Elsom, who is also the Waratahs captain, was named in an eight-man bench that will be reduced to seven before kick-off, after he said he had recovered from hamstring surgery that had kept him out of the first eight weeks of the competition.

Should Elsom play, it will be his first appearance for the Waratahs since 2008 after he returned to the side following a stint in Ireland with Leinster and an injury ravaged two seasons with the ACT Brumbies.

"I'm happy to be back," Elsom said earlier this week. "I knew it would be a long haul when I had the surgery.

"It will be great to be free from restriction.

"Playing is the first step, even if it's just a small amount at first. It's about getting back and being effective."

The Waratahs are 10th in the league on 21 points.