11 internationals named to start for UC Brumbies

The University of Canberra Brumbies have announced their team to take on the ACT XV this Saturday in the club’s final trial of 2014.

10 current Wallabies have been named to start the fixture, as well as Japan’s superstar international Harumichi Tatekawa who will feature on the wing.

An all-Wallaby front of Scott Sio, Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander will start, backed up by Kiwi combo Jack Whetton and Leon Power at lock.

The back row of Scott Fardy, David Pocock and Ben Mowen is also All-Wallaby, as is the UC Brumbies halves combo of Nic White and Matt Toomua.

A new look centre pairing of Andrew Smith (inside) and Henry Speight (outside) are set to excite fans, while the back three will be made up of Joe Tomane, Tatekawa (wings) and Jesse Mogg at fullback.

The squad has also included a 12 man bench which features Tuggeranong Vikings No. 10 Rodney Iona, 26-time Wallaby Clyde Rathbone and wrecking ball Fotu Auelua.

Ruaidhri Murphy will make his first appearance for the UC Brumbies since injuring his knee mid-2013, while a host of other potential regulars will come on during the four-quarter hit-out.

Head Coach Stephen Larkham said the game was a good chance for the UC Brumbies to set their combinations ahead of the season opener.

“Henry will probably get a chance at outside centre in the second half, in the first half we think he’ll play on the wing,” Larkham said.

“With the Wallabies coming back we’ve got an extra nine players coming back into the team from last week so we are starting to find the team that will play in round one against the Reds.

“Trials are about getting that match fitness in before the start of the season. We’ve eased a lot of those guys back into contact over the last few weeks and they seem to be responding well there.”

Fans are reminded that entry to Saturday’s match is free.

Saturday, 8 February
UC Brumbies v ACT XV
Viking Park, Wanniassa
Gates open: 6pm
KICK-OFF: 6.50pm

UC Brumbies
1. Scott Sio
2. Stephen Moore
3. Ben Alexander
4. Leon Power
5. Jack Whetton
6. Scott Fardy
7. David Pocock
8. Ben Mowen (c)
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Harumichi Tatekawa
12. Andrew Smith
13. Henry Speight
14. Joe Tomane
15. Jesse Mogg

16. Ruan Smith
17. Siliva Siliva
18. Ruaidhri Murphy
19. Lachlan McCaffrey
20. Fotu Auelua
21. Jordan Smiler
22. Jarrad Butler
23. Michael Dowsett
24. Lionel Cronje
25. Rodney Iona
26. Clyde Rathbone
27. Stephan Van Der Walt
28. Robbie Coleman