6/26/2014

Murphy named to start at hooker in Waratahs showdown


Ruaidhri Murphy will make his first appearance as a hooker on Saturday when the UC Brumbies travel to Sydney to take on the Waratahs.

Born and raised an Irish prop, Murphy has been pushed to the No. 2 jersey in the absence of Stephen Moore (knee), Siliva Siliva (knee, ankle) and Josh Mann-Rea (hamstring).

On the bench as cover at hooker is Luke Holmes, brother of former Brumby Josh Holmes, having been in top form for club side Warringah in Sydney’s Shute Shield. A former Australian Schoolboys Captain, Holmes comes to the UC Brumbies with plenty of experience having previously played for the Waratahs, Force and Rebels.

With Sam Carter ruled out after the Wallabies first Test victory over France, Leon Power returns to the starting side in a re-jigged forward pack that also sees Jordan Smiler slide to the side of the scrum and Fotu Auelua back to the bench.

Ben Alexander returns to the starting side at tight-head prop for Ruan Smith, who also moves back to the bench with his brother, JP.

In the backs Robbie Coleman will celebrate his 50th game on the wing. Coleman made his debut against the Reds back in 2010 and has since gone on to cement a spot in the top squad in 2014.

A groin injury to Matt Toomua during the Wallabies last Test has forced several changes inside Coleman, with Christian Lealiifano set to start at flyhalf for the first time since UC Brumbies faced the Kings in April last year.

Andrew Smith comes into the starting side at inside centre, Jesse Mogg back to start at fullback, Clyde Rathbone to the bench and Pat McCabe has been ruled out with a shoulder complaint.

On the bench Jack Whetton (lock) and Lionel Cronje (flyhalf) have been recalled to the squad, rounding out a vastly different side to the one which defeated the Rebels just over a month ago.

Saturday, 28 June
Waratahs v UC Brumbies
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 7.40pm

UC Brumbies
1. Scott Sio
2. Ruaidhri Murphy
3. Ben Alexander
4. Scott Fardy
5. Leon Power    
6. Jordan Smiler
7. Jarrad Butler
8. Ben Mowen  ©
9. Nic White    
10. Christian Lealiifano  
11. Robbie Coleman
12. Andrew Smith
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements
16. Luke Holmes
17. Ruan Smith     
18. JP Smith
19. Fotu Auelua    
20. Jack Whetton    
21. Michael Dowsett
22. Clyde Rathbone
23. Lionel Cronje