Siliva starts as Brumbies tackle Kings

The University of Canberra Brumbies have named their team to face the Kings at Canberra Stadium on Friday night with Pat McCabe returning to inside centre after a five month lay-off.

The 18-time Wallaby has been out of action thanks to a series of injuries including a small fracture to his neck and a strained hamstring. Now fully fit, McCabe will fill the No. 12 jersey outside Christian Lealiifano who has been named at flyhalf. With Lealiifano at 10, Matt Toomua is out of the 22-man squad.

In the forwards Siliva Siliva has been handed his first starting spot at hooker with champion rake Stephen Moore to start from the bench. It’s been a long road to the No. 2 jersey for Siliva, who battled a series of knee injuries in 2012 which kept him sidelined from Super Rugby until Round 1 this year.

Siliva made his state debut for the ACT against Wales last year during the Six Nations Champions tour of Australia. A Melbourne native, Siliva made his way to the Brumbies via the Australia Schoolboys, Under 20’s and the Western Force. He has featured from the bench in all but one of the Brumbies games this season proving a tough competitor in the front row.

Returning to starting side from the bench is Fotu Auelua at No.8, with Captain Ben Mowen moving to blindside flanker and Peter Kimlin to lock.

White said it was nice to have players returning from injury to full strength.

“With guys like Patty and Siliva starting tomorrow night it’s a credit to our medical staff and Athletic Performance department. Both those guys are in top condition after lengthy periods of rehab,” White said.

“The Kings have been able to score plenty of points this season and were right with the Hurricanes last week until the last 20 minutes of the game so there’s no doubt they’ll provide a big test for our team.

“This is a tough game for us, we need plenty of support from Brumbies fans .”

The University of Canberra Brumbies have started the season nicely winning six of their seven games but need a win over the Kings to stay on top of the Super Rugby table.

Friday, 4 April
University of Canberra Brumbies v Kings
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 7.40pm
Referee: Jaco Peyper

University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Siliva Siliva
3. Dan Palmer
4. Peter Kimlin
5. Etienne Oosthuizen
6. Ben Mowen (c)
7. George Smith
8. Fotu Auelua
9. Nic White
10. Christian Lealiifano
11. Joe Tomane
12. Pat McCabe
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Robbie Coleman

16. Stephen Moore
17. Scott Sio
18. Sam Carter
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Ian Prior
21. Andrew Smith
22. Zack Holmes