Canberra - Wallaby Pat McCabe has been named at inside centre for the
Brumbies in his Super Rugby comeback game against the Southern Kings at
Canberra Stadium on Friday.
According to the rugby365,com website
, the 18-time Wallaby has been out of action thanks to a series of
injuries, including a small fracture to his neck and a strained
Now fully fit, McCabe will fill the No 12 jersey outside Christian Lealiifano - who has been named at flyhalf.
With Lealiifano at No 10, Matt Toomua is out of the matchday 22.
"Matt [Toomua] could have played this week if I really wanted to push
him through, as he's not injured, as in ruled out. It's more just making
sure we get him 100 percent spot-on going forward," Brumbies coach Jake
White resisted the temptation to completely overhaul the side with rotational changes for the second-to-last-placed Kings.
Fotu Auelua comes off the bench to start No.8, Ben Alexander starts at
loosehead prop and run-on debutant Siliva Siliva is at hooker for
Stephen Moore in the only other changes to last week's starting line-up.
White said it was nice to have players returning from injury to full strength.
"With guys like Patty [McCabe] and Siliva [Siliva] starting it's a
credit to our medical staff and athletic performance department. Both
those guys are in top condition after lengthy periods of rehab," White
"The Kings have been able to score plenty of points this season and
were right with the Hurricanes last week until the last 20 minutes of
the game so there's no doubt they'll provide a big test for our team.
"This is a tough game for us, we need plenty of support from Brumbies fans ."
The Brumbies have started the season nicely winning six of their seven
games, but need a win over the Kings to stay on top of the Super Rugby
15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe,
11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7
George Smith, 6 Ben Mowen (captain), 5 Etienne Oosthuizen, 4 Peter
Kimlin, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Ben Alexander
Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sam Carter, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Andrew Smith, 22 Zack HolmesKings:
George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andries
Strauss (captain), 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nicolas
Vergallo, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen,
5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Kevin Buys, 18
David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Marcello
Sampson, 22 Elric van Vuuren