Sam Carter returns to the starting side this Friday when the UC Brumbies take on the Chiefs in a Super Rugby Final rematch, Anzac Day showdown at GIO Stadium.
The competition’s two best sides over the last two years go head to head in Canberra for the first time since 2011, with Carter one of just two adjustments to the side which also sees a return to the starting side of Christian Lealiifano at inside centre.
Pat McCabe moves back to the bench, while Tom Staniforth drops out of the match day 23.
On the bench, new recruit Tom McVerry will get his first opportunity in a UC Brumbies jersey having joined the club as flanker cover after a season ending injury to David Pocock.
Returning from a bye and a win over the Reds 14 days ago, the rest of the UC Brumbies team remains untouched.
Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher said the Chiefs presented a significant challenge.
“The line-out is an area we try to target every week, with a team like the Chiefs that’s also important, they tend to go short so we need to be aware of that,” Fisher said.
“That’s the line-out which has won the competition for the last two years and they always seem to find a way around the park.
“We haven’t played the Chiefs over for the last two years, we’ve played them twice away and been desperately close both times. I think being at home will present us with new opportunities.
“I think Anzac Day is a wonderful occasion in Australia these days, the new generation coming through have shown a great deal respect for the Anzac tradition and I believe it’s one of the finest days on the Australian calendar.”
Friday is the first time the UC Brumbies have faced a New Zealand side on Anzac Day in Australia and the third Kiwi team the UC Brumbies had played against in 2014.
Anzac Day – Friday, April 25, 2014
UC Brumbies v Chiefs
GIO Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 5.40pm (GATES OPEN 3PM)
Referee: Steve Walsh
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Scott Sio
2. Stephen Moore
3. Ben Alexander
4. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
6. Jordan Smiler
7. Jarrad Butler
8. Ben Mowen ©
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Robbie Coleman
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Joe Tomane
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Siliva Siliva
17. Ruan Smith
18. JP Smith
19. Jack Whetton
20. Tom McVerry
21. Michael Dowsett
22. Andrew Smith
23. Pat McCabe