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The University of Canberra Brumbies have made eight changes to their 22-man squad – including five to the starting 15 – to take on the Rebels at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.
With the absence of five Wallabies players and a shoulder dislocation to Fotu Auelua, the Brumbies have re-jigged the forward pack to include Leon Power at lock, Scott Fardy at blind-side flanker and Peter Kimlin at No 8.
Siliva Siliva will start at hooker and Dan Palmer returns to the starting side at tight-head prop.
Also returning to the starting side is Wallaby Pat McCabe at inside centre in place of Christian Lealiifano. Clyde Rathbone slides onto Joe Tomane’s wing and the rest of last week’s backline remains intact.
The bench includes first time Brumby, Josh Mann-Rea as hooker back-up, Etienne Oosthuizen at lock and Zack Holmes in jersey number 22.
Head Coach Jake White said the side was good enough to cement the club’s top-of-the-log standings but would need to dig deep for a result at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.
“The Wallabies tour ghas forced quite a few changes but the guys we have selected have been involved with the squad for a year now and know their jobs,” White said.
“It’s comforting to be able to bring in proven Wallabies like Clyde [Rathbone] and Pat [McCabe]. We’ll be looking for plenty of involvement from both of those guys.
“The Rebels have proven over the last month they are a genuine threat. Last week they had the Reds under the pump for 90 per cent of the match so we are fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead.
As announced earlier in the week, Nic White becomes the Brumbies 12th and youngest Captain when he leads the side out against the Rebels. White made his first appearance at Canberra Stadium in this corresponding fixture two years ago and will be looking to make it 3-0 against Melbourne in Canberra on Friday.
This is the sixth time the University of Canberra Brumbies have taken on the Rebels, with the ACT-based side winning the last four.
The last time the two sides met was in round two this year when the Brumbies walked away 30-13 winners. The Rebels have adjusted their play since then and will pose a much more threatening proposition for the ACT based side on Friday night.
Friday, 7 June, 2013
University of Canberra Brumbies v Rebels
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Scott Sio
2. Siliva Siliva
3. Dan Palmer
4. Leon Power
5. Sam Carter
6. Scott Fardy
7. Colby Faingaa
8. Peter Kimlin
9. Nic White (c)
10. Matt Toomua
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Pat McCabe
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Ruan Smith
18. Etienne Oosthuizen
19. Jordan Smiler
20. Ian Prior
21. Robbie Coleman
22. Zack Holmes