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Brumbies make one change for Crusaders

Dan Palmer returns to the Brumbies starting line up

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Article Published: Friday 3 May 2013|


The Brumbies have made one change to their team to play the Crusaders on Sunday with Dan Palmer coming into the starting line up.

Palmer takes back his No. 3 jersey at tighthead prop moving Ben Alexander to loose-head and Scott Sio to the bench. Ruaidhri Murphy drops from the game-day 22.

The match holds special significance as George Smith will break George Gregan's record as the most capped Brumby when he moves onto 137 appearances.

Head Coach Jake White said he was pleased to keep consistency in his selections coming into the back end of the season.

"I've said before that by this point in the season we would like to be keeping more consistency in our selections and I suppose that is clearly reflected in the team we've picked today," White said.

"Dan Palmer has been terrific in the scrum for us this year and we will be looking for a big performance from him.

"Brumbies v Crusaders has traditionally been one of the biggest games on the ACT sporting calendar, but the way scheduling would have it the fixture hasn't been played in Canberra for a number of years.

"The Brumbies have a good record against the Crusaders in Canberra, they haven't won here since 2003. Away from home they're very strong but we tend to rise to the occasion when the Crusaders come to town."


1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Peter Kimlin,5. Sam Carter,6. Fotu Auelua,7. George Smith,8. Ben Mowen (c),9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Joe Tomane,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg,

Replacements :16. Siliva Siliva ,17. Scott Sio,18. Leon Power,19. Colby Faingaa,20. Ian Prior,21. Robbie Coleman,22. Pat McCabe

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