Plus500 Brumbies Change Six for Sharks Challenge

Plus500 Brumbies Change Six for Sharks Challenge

Head Coach Dan McKellar has made six changes for the Plus500 Brumbies first home Super Rugby match of the season as they welcome the Sharks to GIO Stadium on Saturday evening.

There are a trio of changes in both the backs and the forwards for the test against the South African franchise, a repeat fixture of the Brumbies initial home match of the 2017 season.

With hooker Josh Mann-Rea sidelined for a lengthy period with a bad hamstring injury, and fellow rake Robbie Abel also unavailable, there’s a Super Rugby starting debut for Folau Fainga’a who was mightily impressive when coming on as a replacement in Melbourne.

The other forward changes see Blake Enever into the starting team in place of Sam Carter, packing down at lock alongside Rory Arnold, whilst there’s a straight swap in the back row as Tom Cusack comes in for Lolo Fakaosilea who is included on a strong looking bench.

In the backs, McKellar has opted for an interesting ten-twelve combination with Wharenui Hawera selected at flyhalf and Christian Lealiifano moving to inside centre in place of Kyle Godwin.

There’s also two changes in the back three as Henry Speight is the only player from the match at AAMI Park to retain his spot. Lausii Taliauli is drafted into the left-wing position in place of Chance Peni, whilst Andrew Muirhead makes his first Super Rugby start from fullback.

Amongst the replacements, there are three more new faces from the defeat to the Rebels as Nic Mayhew returns at back-up prop in place of Faalelei Sione, with utility back James Dargaville named for the first time this season.

And we may yet see a new member of the Brumbies family with hooker Connal McInerney, who played for local club Royals in the John I Dent Cup Grand Final winning side last season, set to win his maiden Brumbies cap from the bench having played superbly well in the trial match win over the Rebels in Queanbeyan.

The Plus500 Brumbies fixture against the Sharks kicks off at 19:45 and is preceded by the inaugural Buildcorp Super W match for the Brumbies Women when they clash with Queensland at 17:00.

If you want to catch the Super W game and Super Rugby for an incredible price, then you can gain entry for only $5 when coming to the gate between 16:50-17:20!



Saturday 17 March 2018

Plus500 Brumbies v Sharks

(GIO Stadium, 19:45)


  1. Scott SIO
  2. Folau FAINGA’A
  3. Allan ALAALATOA
  4. Rory ARNOLD
  5. Blake ENEVER
  6. Lachlan MCCAFFREY
  7. Tom CUSACK
  9. Joe POWELL
  10. Wharenui HAWERA
  11. Lausii TALIAULI
  12. Christian LEALIIFANO
  13. Tevita KURIDRANI
  14. Henry SPEIGHT
  15. Andrew MUIRHEAD


  1. Connal MCINERNEY
  2. Nic MAYHEW
  4. Richie ARNOLD
  6. Matt LUCAS
  8. Tom BANKS

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