Slipper, Sio Swap For Brumbies Sunwolves Test

· Super Rugby
by Brumbies Media

Plus500 Brumbies Head Coach Dan McKellar has made one change to the team that defeated the Bulls last week, rotating prop James Slipper into the starting XV.

Slipper comes into the front row, with Scott Sio rotated to the bench for the visit to Tokyo and the match with the Sunwolves at the Prince Chichibunomiya Memorial Stadium.

The veteran loosehead will pack down alongside ten-try hooker Folau Fainga’a and Allan Alaalatoa as the Brumbies look for a repeat of the bonus-point win over their Japanese opponents in Round 13 a few weeks ago.

Other than the front row change, the team will be the same that took to the field and recorded a sixth home win in succession against the South African Bulls, a victory that puts the Brumbies on top of the Australian Conference heading into the final three rounds of the season.

There are two changes amongst the replacements as Lachlan McCaffrey makes a welcome return from injury, the flanker having completed a decent stint with his club side Quenabeyan Whites in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup last weekend. 

McCaffrey’s Queanbeyan team-mate, Matt Lucas, is recalled to the finishers having last featured against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. Rory Arnold and Sam Carter remain in situ in the second row, with the highly-mobile backrow combination of Jahrome Brown, Tom Cusack and Pete Samu once more named by McKellar.

The back-line, which has been in scintillating form in recent weeks, is the same as that which combined for eight tries in the past two games, with Irae Simone, who crossed for his maiden Super Rugby try in the win over the Bulls, partnered in midfield with Tevita Kuridrani who grabbed a hat-trick in the same game.

Out wide Henry Speight, who has been in sparkling form in recent weeks, lines up on the opposite flank to fellow speedster Toni Pulu with fullback Tom Banks completing the starting XV.

The Plus500 Brumbies clash with the Sunwolves is schedule to kick-off at 3.15pm (AEDT) and can be watched live on Fox Sports.

The next home fixture for the team is on Saturday 15 June with the Reds the visitors to GIO Stadium with kick-off at 7.45pm. 

Team

1. James SLIPPER
2. Folau FAINGA’A
3. Allan ALAALATOA
4. Rory ARNOLD
5. Sam CARTER
6. Tom CUSACK
7. Jahrome BROWN
8. Pete SAMU
9. Joe POWELL
10. Christian LEALIIFANO
11. Toni PULU
12. Irae SIMONE
13. Tevita KURIDRANI
14. Henry SPEIGHT
15. Tom BANKS

Replacements

16. Connal MCINERNEY 
17. Scott SIO
18. Leslie LEULUAIALII-MAKIN
19. Darcy SWAIN
20. Lachlan MCCAFFREY
21. Rob VALETINI
22. Matt LUCAS
23. Tom WRIGHT

Match Details

Saturday 1 June 2019
Super Rugby Round 15
Sunwolves v Plus500 Brumbies
(Prince Chichibunomiya Memorial Stadium, Tokyo, 15:15 (AEDT)

 
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