Brumbies make pack changes for Hurricanes
Town - Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has
made four changes to the pack for the visit of the Hurricanes to GIO
Stadium, Canberra this Saturday evening.
Hooker Folau Fainga’a, prop Ben
Alexander, lock Rory Arnold and flanker Tom Cusack all make a return to the
starting XV in the only changes from the side that defeated the Sunwolves 41-31
before the June Test Series break.
Fainga’a, who was with the
Wallabies for their three-match series against Ireland, replaces Connal
McInerney at hooker with McInerney reverting to the bench whilst Ben Alexander
comes in at prop for the injured Allan Alaalatoa.
Scott Sio completes the front-row
and will have Rory Arnold and Blake Enever packing down behind him at lock.
Arnold comes back into the side with co-captain Sam Carter unavailable.
Dynamic flanker Tom Cusack
replaces Lachlan McCaffrey in the back-row, McCaffrey suffering from a bad
back, whilst David Pocock and Isi Naisarani complete what looks like a strong
The backs remained unchanged from
the team that secured a bonus-point against the Sunwolves with Joe Powell, who
won his fourth Wallabies Cap in the Third test against Ireland in Sydney,
partnered once more by fly-half Christian Lealiifano, who will captain the
Fullback Tom Banks is in fine form
having crossed for four tries in his last three matches scoring in all three,
and the Brumbies will be keen to continue to play the fluent rugby that has
seen them score more tries in 2018 with three games to go than in the entirety
There are two changes on the
bench as young lock Darcy Swain, who impressed in the Brumbies June Exhibition
match against Suntory Sungoliath, is named as cover, joined by winger Lausii
Taliauli who crossed for a try in the Suntory game and has two Super Rugby tries
to his name this season.
15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight,
13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano
(captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Blake
Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney,
17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Darcy Swain, 21
Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Lausii Taliauli
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian
Savea, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson
Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Reed
Prinsep, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen 2 Ricky Riccitelli,
1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 James O'Reilly,
17 Chris Eves, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Blade Thomson, 21
Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen