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Brumbies shuffle back row for Hurricanes

Ben Mowen has moved to No.8 for the clash against the Hurricanes

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Article Published: Thursday 6 March 2014|

The Brumbies have named their Super Rugby team to play the Hurricanes in Wellington with a reshuffled back row following the loss of David Pocock.

Jarrad Butler shifts around the scrum from No.8 to open-side flanker in the absence of David Pocock, moving Captain Ben Mowen to No.8 and Scott Fardy from lock to blind-side flanker.

Leon Power will partner Sam Carter at lock in his first start since the Rebels game in Canberra last year, while the front row of Ben Alexander (tight-head prop), Stephen Moore (hooker) and Scott Sio (loose-head prop) remains the same for the third consecutive week.

Jordan Smiler comes onto the bench for Power, and aside from McCabe the replacement list of Ruaidhri Murphy, Ruan Smith, Lachlan McCaffrey, Conrad Hoffmann and Lionel Cronje remains the same as last week's match in Perth.

In the backs Andrew Smith returns from a series of niggling injuries to the start for the first time since 2012 when he faced a touring Welsh side and is named with Wallabies Matt Toomua and Tevita Kuridrani on either side of him.

Last week's inside-centre, Pat McCabe, will start from the bench for the Hurricanes clash.

With Robbie Coleman (wing), Jesse Mogg (fullback) and Henry Speight (wing) all fit and ready, the back three remains the same as last week, as does the halves combo of Nic White (scrumhalf) and Toomua (flyhalf).

Head Coach Stephen Larkham said the Brumbies would need to lift from last week's victory over the Western Force to win in Wellington.

"They've had a fair bit of travel like us, but they'll be reeling after two very close losses in Africa and will most certainly be feeling refreshed at home," Larkham said.

"The Hurricanes have a number of very good players back this year and they've had a few days to readjust to being back in Wellington. I expect them to be a totally different side at home, irrespective of the travel factor."


1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Leon Power , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (C) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Andrew Smith , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements :16. Josh MannRea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. JP Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Lachlan McCaffrey , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Pat McCabe , 23. Lionel Cronje

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