Carter returns to lead Brumbies
Cape Town - The Brumbies have made three changes to the starting XV that
defeated the Reds last week as they prepare for the challenge of the
Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 11:45 (SA time).
Sam Carter returns to skipper the side, renewing
his second row partnership with Wallabies international team-mate Rory
Arnold, while there are starts for centre Andrew Smith and number eight
Jarrad Butler in place of the injured Kyle Godwin and Jordan Smiler, respectively.
Head coach Stephen Larkham reverts to a 6-2 split on the bench which
sees Jordan Jackson-Hope named as cover for the backs alongside a
possible first Brumbies cap for former Australian Sevens star and ACT
local Tom Cusack.
Blake Enever is included among the forward replacements in what is a
strong bench as the Brumbies aim to extend their winning streak against
Australian Conference opposition to 11 matches.
The hand injury suffered by Godwin in the 43-10 hammering of the Reds
means a first start of the season for Smith in the inside-centre role,
linking up with Tevita Kuridrani.
Tom Banks retains his position on the left wing with Henry Speight
and last week’s man of the match Aidan Toua completing the back three.
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew
Smith, 11 Tom Banks, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jarrad
Butler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory
Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben
Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Tom Cusack, 22 De Wet
Roos, 23 Jordan Jackson-Hope