Cape Town - South African-born twins JP
Smith and Ruan Smith will anchor the Brumbies scrum in Friday's Super Rugby clash against
the Highlanders in Canberra.
This will be the first time in Brumbies
history that brothers will start together in the front row, with JP packing
down at loosehead prop and Ruan on the other side of the scrum.
Not since George and Tyrone Smith in 2010
have two brothers started together, while Anthony and Saia Faingaa round out
the only other sibling combination for the Brumbies, which was last sighted in
Playing in special edition jerseys, the
Brumbies have re-adjusted their tight-five significantly, with a new-look
locking combination of Blake Enever and Jordan Smiler also set for a start. For
Smiler, it’s his first start for 2015.
Ita Vaea claims the starting No 8 jersey
for the Highlanders match, moving Jarrad Butler to the bench, where he will be
joined by Rory Arnold and Ben Alexander.
Robbie Coleman debuted at inside-centre
back in 2010 and he will again register a cap there on Friday night. His move
to the centres brings Jesse Mogg into the starting side at fullback for the
first time in 2015 where he will be supported by Tevita Kuridrani who returns
to the run-on side at outside centre after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano said the
Brumbies would need a big effort to get a win on Friday over the Highlanders
but he was confident the team had enough in the tank to get there.
“Tevita (Kuridrani) and (Jesse) Moggy are
looking pretty good, they’ve been training hard the last couple of weeks with
the red bib so it’ll be good to get that little bit of experience back,” he
“Moggy gives us great coverage with his
kicking ability and Tevita with his size and ball carrying ability.
“It's always special to play a New Zealand
side on Anzac weekend, to think about the special sacrifices people have made
for us over the years so it’s a nice opportunity to represent the Brumbies on
such a special day.”
Kick-off for Friday’s clash is scheduled
for 11:55 (SA time).
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita
Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Michael
Dowsett, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Jordan
Smiler, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan
Alaalatoa, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Joe Powell,
22 Rod Iona, 23 Nigel Ah Wong
Trent Renata, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Richard Buckman, 12 Shaun Treeby,
11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Nasi Manu
(captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom
Franklin, 3 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames
16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Joe Latta, 20
Gareth Evans, 21 Dan Pryor, 22 Josh Renton, 23 Jason Emery