Arnold Twins Paired at Lock for Waratahs Clash

Arnold Twins Paired at Lock for Waratahs Clash

Plus500 Brumbies Head Coach Dan McKellar has made two changes to the starting XV for the trip to Sydney to tackle the Waratahs this weekend.

McKellar has selected Scott Sio at Loosehead prop, and paired Richie Arnold with twin brother Rory for the first time in Super Rugby, as the Brumbies go looking for the bonus-point win that would give them a chance of playing Finals football.

Sio will team up with fellow Wallabies international Allan Alaalatoa either side of the impressive hooker Folau Fainga’a in the heart of the engine room in what is sure to be a colossal front row battle with the club’s perennial rivals from New South Wales.

Blake Enever shifts from lock to flanker to compensate for the inclusion of Richie Arnold, with Tom Cusack unavailable, after the flanker suffered a head-knock in Hamilton against the Chiefs in Round 18. David Pocock and Isi Naisarani join Enever in the backrow.

The backline remains unchanged for the sixth straight game having crossed for a combined total of fifteen tries in that time-frame between them.

Joe Powell and Christian Lealiifano will continue to provide quick and decisive ball with the centre pairing of Kyle Godwin and Tevita Kuridrani creating ample space for the back three.

Leading scorers Tom Banks (8 tries) and Henry Speight (7 tries) are joined by Andrew Muirhead who has crossed for three tries in his last four outings, creating plenty of problems for opposition defences with his pace and electric footwork.

Co-captain Sam Carter meanwhile is recalled to the squad and is on the replacements bench where he is joined by prop Nic Mayhew who started the match in New Zealand, hooker Connal McInerney, prop Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin and flanker Lachlan McCaffrey in a 5/3 split.

Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera and Lausii Taliauli are named as the backline finishers as the Brumbies aim to get the win that would see them retain the Dan Vickerman Cup.

The Plus500 Brumbies match against the Waratahs will be screened live by Fox Sports with kick-off at 19:45 (AEST).  Plus, Brumbies members can gain free entry into Allianz Stadium by scanning their membership card at the gate.

TEAM

  1. Scott SIO
  2. Folau FAINGA’A
  3. Allan ALAALATOA
  4. Rory ARNOLD
  5. Richie ARNOLD
  6. Blake ENEVER
  7. David POCOCK
  8. Isi NAISARANI
  9. Joe POWELL
  10. Christian LEALIIFANO
  11. Andrew MUIRHEAD
  12. Kyle GODWIN
  13. Tevita KURIDRANI
  14. Henry SPEIGHT
  15. Tom BANKS

REPLACEMENTS

  1. Connal MCINERNEY
  2. Nic MAYHEW
  3. Leslie LEULUAIALII-MAKIN
  4. Sam CARTER
  5. Lachlan MCCAFFREY
  6. Matt LUCAS
  7. Wharenui HAWERA
  8. Lausii TALIAULI

MATCH DETAILS

Super Rugby Round 19

Saturday 14 July 2018

Waratahs v Plus500 Brumbies

(Allianz Stadium, Sydney, 19:45)



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