Brumbies change one for Sunwolves
Canberra - Brumbies hooker Connal McInerney will start a Super Rugby
match for the first time when they host the Sunwolves in Canberra on Sunday.
McInerney, who has won two Brumbies caps off the bench, will
start in place of the suspended Folau Fainga’a, the only change from the
staring XV that short-handed defeated the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria
The only other change comes on the bench where prop Ben
Alexander, the 150-cap veteran, is selected amongst the Brumbies finishers
alongside the same players who came off the bench to such fantastic effect in
the win over the Bulls.
A decision on who will provide cover for the hooker position
will be made closer to kick-off.
Wallabies frontrowers Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa will
provide plenty of experience either side of McInerney with Blake Enever and Sam
Carter providing an all-international partnership in the lock department.
There’s a bagful of talent in the backrow as well with
Lachlan McCaffrey and David Pocock offering mobility and dynamism alongside the
raw power and physicality of number eight Isi Naisarani.
The back-line has a settled feel, with the same group that
tore apart the Bulls with fourteen-men given another chance to impress. Joe
Powell and Christian Lealiifano continue at halfback with Kyle Godwin and
Tevita Kuridrani in the centres.
Out wide, Andy Muirhead and Tom Banks, who both scored
sparkling tries in Pretoria are on the left wing and at full-back respectively,
with Henry Speight completing the back three.
On the bench, Nick Mayhew and Alexander are the prop changes
with Richie Arnold and Tom Cusack the other forward cover. Matt Lucas, Wharenui
Hawera, who provided two clutch conversions last week, and Andrew Smith provide
the alternatives for the backs.
The Brumbies have only ever met the Sunwolves once before in
Canberra, winning 66-5 in May 2016 and will be searching for back-to-back wins
for the first time in nearly a year whilst the Sunwolves remain on the hunt for
their maiden Super Rugby win away from home, having lost their previous 20 away
15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Lachlan Mccaffrey, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Connal Mcinerney, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 TBC, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andrew Smith