The University of Canberra Brumbies have made two changes to their starting line-up, with Scott Sio named at loose-head prop and Scott Fardy returning from injury at lock.
Fardy hasn’t been seen in Brumbies colours since the South African block almost a month ago where he suffered and ankle injury, but has since recovered making his way through Canberra’s John I Dent Cup with Wests.
With Dan Palmer dropping from the University of Canberra Brumbies 22-man squad, Ruan Smith has been included on the bench for his first appearance in a Brumbies jersey.
Having previously claimed two caps for the Western Force, Smith has worked hard to maintain his Super Rugby quality during 2013 and will be looking to make a big impact at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
A former Australian and South African Schoolboys star, Smith fits the mould of a young Ben Alexander and links nicely with fellow youngsters Sio and Siliva Siliva in the front row.
As well as Palmer, Leon Power drops out of the University of Canberra Brumbies 22-man squad. Peter Kimlin moves from lock to blind-side flanker, Ben Mowen to No. 8 and Fotu Auelua shifts back to the bench.
“Waratah week is one of the most important for all Brumbies players and supporters on the rugby calendar. They’ve been playing convincing rugby over the last month or so and the trip to Sydney presents us with a significant challenge,” White said.
“It’s great to see both Scotts in the starting side, Sio is now a proven starter and Fardy has been one of our most consistent players over the last two years.
“Saturday will also be an exciting time for Ruan. He’s been biding his time, waiting for an opportunity and I’m sure he’ll take it with both hands come Saturday night.
“There are no easy away games in this competition, we are aware of that. So to win in Sydney against an in-form Waratahs side is a big challenge.
“We have trained well this week and will be putting our best foot forward to come away from Sydney with a win.”
The University of Canberra brumbies will hold their Captain’s Run in Canberra on Friday morning before taking the bus to Sydney after lunch.
Saturday, 18 May, 2013
Waratahs v University of Canberra Brumbies
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Scott Sio
2. Stephen Moore
3. Ben Alexander
4. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
6. Peter Kimlin
7. George Smith
8. Ben Mowen
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Joe Tomane
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Siliva Siliva
17. Ruan Smith
18. Fotu Auelua
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Ian Prior
21. Robbie Coleman
22. Pat McCabe