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Brumbies change for Lions

2011-05-12 09:26

Canberra - The Brumbies have made four changes to their squad for Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Lions in Canberra.

Kick-off is at 11:40 SA time.

According to the Brumbies' website, the team may still undergo changes, with Dan Palmer undergoing fitness tests on Thursday.

In the second row, Ben Hand moves to the starting line-up with Mark Chisholm moving back to the bench.

Henry Speight is also back in the squad, returning a week earlier than expected after working through an ankle injury he sustained against the Hurricanes in Week 8.

The match will be a particularly memorable one for captain Matt Giteau who celebrates his 100th cap. In achieving that record, Giteau will become just the third ACT-raised player to reach 100 caps behind Stephen Larkham and George Gregan.

Both the Brumbies and the Lions will be eager for a win on Saturday having had tough starts to their 2011 campaigns.

The Brumbies returned from South Africa on Tuesday morning having gone through their tour without a win. They will be looking to turn their poor South African fortunes around with a win over the Lions.

The Lions have won just one game in the last two years.

Teams:

Brumbies:

15 Pat McCabe, 14 Andrew Smith, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau (captain), 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Mitch Chapman, 5 Ben Hand, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Jono Owen/Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Salesi Ma'afu/Jono Owen, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Henry Speight

Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Dylan des Fountain, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Josh Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Jannie Boshoff

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Comments
  • Draconian - 2011-05-12 09:47

    What can i say? "GO LIONS!!!!"

  • kosie - 2011-05-12 12:07

    didn't sterling mortlock also achieve his 100th cap with the brumbies...

  • Wow! - 2011-05-13 08:37

    Go Lions!!!!! Hell it would be nice to chalk up another win, whilst you are on tour.

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