Pocock starts against Cheetahs
Canberra - Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has named his team to tackle the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby clash here on Saturday.
Larkham reshuffled both his forwards and backs for the clash at GIO Stadium, the Brumbies' official website reports.
David Pocock returns to openside flank, while midfielder Tevita Kuridrani has been ruled out through injury.
Pocock’s second start for the year comes on the back of a solid return two weeks ago from the bench against the Waratahs. His return pushes Jarrad Butler to No 8 and Ita Vaea to the bench.
Blake Enever makes his first career start at lock, moving Rory Arnold out of the match-day 23, while on the bench, Allan Alaalatoa comes into the No 17 jersey for JP Smith.
With Kuridrani out, the Brumbies have dug up another Fijian superstar to take his place as Henry Speight makes his first start at outside centre.
He’s joined in the backline by James Dargaville in his first career start on the wing, while Nigel Ah Wong has been named on the bench and will likely make a Super Rugby debut sometime in the second half.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 10:40 (SA time).
15 Robbie Coleman, 14 James Dargaville, 13 Henry Speight, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joseph Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 Lausii Taliauli
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 11 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin