Vodacom Super Rugby
Brumbies change for Lions
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:
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 SpeightLions:
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