White names team to battle the Blues

The University of Canberra Brumbies will field one change to their starting line-up on Saturday when they take on the Blues in Auckland.

Out with a strained medial ligament, George Smith has been replaced by Colby Faingaa in the starting side and Jordan Smiler comes onto the bench.

Pat McCabe’s knee injury has also cleared room on the bench, with Clyde Rathbone making his first appearance for more than a month.

“The players are aware of how important a win in Auckland is for the club heading into the tail end of the season and we will be working hard to regain some of the momentum we had in the early parts of the season,” Head Coach Jake White said.

“Colby has been on the radar as one of Australia’s best young talents for a couple of years now and we have full faith in him to have a big game this weekend. It’s nice to be able to present him with this opportunity.

“When you look at our bench, to be bringing a guy like Clyde on is quite comforting because he has plenty of experience playing in big games against quality opposition. The Blues have been one of the standout teams in 2013 and it’s a tough assignment to go over there and knock them off.”

The 2012 match against the Blues was a heartbreaker for the Brumbies, going down without a bonus point to miss a finals spot to the Reds.

While that game has been forgotten, the Brumbies will be focussed on securing a win on the road to ensure they are not in a similar position in three week’s time.

The last time the University of Canberra Brumbies played in Auckland the home team managed to squeeze a narrow win, 39-34.

University of Canberra Brumbies v Blues
Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 5.35pm (AEST)
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe

University of Canberra Brumbies

1. Scott Sio         
2. Stephen Moore
3. Ben Alexander            
4. Scott Fardy    
5. Sam Carter     
6. Peter Kimlin  
7. Colby Faingaa               
8. Ben Mowen (C)          
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. Jordan Smiler
20. Ian Prior 
21. Robbie Coleman
22. Clyde Rathbone