The Brumbies and Force have named their teams for Friday’s crucial Super Rugby AU match in Canberra.
A week after nine starting changes, Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has made just one change to his run-on side as they attempt to wrap up top spot in the Super Rugby AU standings and book themselves a home final.
Halfback Joe Powell is the only change, replacing Ryan Lonergan.
Solomone Kata will play his second match at outside centre with experienced Test midfielder Tevita Kuridrani still not in the match-day team. Up front, Connal McInerney holds his spot at hooker despite the return of Folau Fainga’a on the bench.
Western Force coach Tim Sampson has made a few changes to his side as they attempt to break their duck in 2020.
Most of them are in the backline with Jono Lance returning to the starting side at flyhalf, which has Jake Strachan dropping back to the bench.
Henry Taefu comes in for Richard Kahui at inside centre, while USA outside back Marcel Brache comes on to the right wing. Henry Stowers comes in for Brynard Stander at No 8.
Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Solomane Kata, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Bayley Kuenzle, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Lachlan McCaffery, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Connal McInerney, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Rob Valetini, 21 Nic White, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Len Ikitau.
Western Force – 15 Jack McGregor, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Brad Lacey, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Henry Stowers, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Ollie Atkins, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Pek Cowan.
Subs: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tom Sheminant, 19 Tevin Ferris, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Richard Kahui, 23 Jake Strachan.
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