CA Technologies Brumbies Head Coach Tony Rea has named his team to take on the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night. Several changes have taken place from the team that lost to the Crusaders in Nelson two weeks ago.
In the forward pack Mitchell Chapman, who suffered facial fractures in Nelson, has been replaced by Colby Faingaa at blindside flanker, while Julian Salvi returns from the bench to openside flanker. Salvi’s bench spot will be filled by Michael Hooper.
CA Technologies Brumbies fullback Pat McCabe has been ruled out of Saturday’s match against the Waratahs with a hamstring injury.
McCabe suffered the injury late in the week while running at training.
The CA Technologies Brumbies will sport a new sort of yellow sock this weekend when they take on the NSW Waratahs to raise cash and awareness for their No 1 ticket holders OzHarvest Canberra.
The socks will be similar to the ones worn against the Reds last year but the 2011 version includes the words OzHarvest down the calf.
CA Technology Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore has joined the growing list of injured players in the nations capital which also include Rocky Elsom, StephenHoiles and Mitchell Chapman.
Moore who was substituted in the 65th minute of the CA Technology Brumbies loss to the Crusaders in Week Four is expected to be out for six weeks.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have made further inroads to securing a competitive playing roster past 2011 by inking the signatures of Robbie Coleman, Ita Vaea and Jono Owen until the end of 2013.
While Owen is yet to make his Super Rugby debut, Coleman and Vaea have both been standouts for the CA Technologies Brumbies in 2011, having scored tries in the first and third games respectively.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have been soundly beaten by the Crusaders in Nelson, with Cantabrian winger Sean Maitland scoring a record-equalling four tries in the 52-10 loss.
Having been competitive throughout the entire first-half and going into the sheds just nine points down, the CA Technologies Brumbies were outplayed in the second-half with the Crusaders piling on 33 unanswered points.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have been penalised out of the contest at Canberra Stadium despite scoring four tries to one, eventually losing 31-25 to the Queensland Reds.
The match was a carnival of penalties, with referee Mark Lawrence breathing through his whistle to keep the CA Technologies Brumbies on one win from three games in 2011.
The Brumby Runners have claimed a two-point win over the Fijian Warriors to claim the Pacific Nations Cup at Viking Park.
The Warriors had a chance to grab the win after the final siren with a penalty goal from past half-way, but the shot was short leaving the Runners in final control with the score 30-28.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have been beaten by newcomers the Melbourne Rebels after a see-sawing match where the lead changed hands six times.
It was a penalty goal in the final minute by English recruit Danny Cipriani which sealed the fate of the CA Technologies Brumbies, who had held the lead by two points with one minute left on the clock.
The CA Technologies Brumbies will field the same run-on XV against the Rebels after pulling through the victory over the Chiefs last Saturday uninjured.
Concerns over halfback Josh Valentine’s scratched cornea and a hip twist to prop Dan Palmer have been put to bed, with both players receiving the all clear from CA Technologies Brumbies medical staff on Sunday and Monday respectively.