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    Brumbies change for Lions

    2011-05-12 09:26
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    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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