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Moore back for Brumbies clash with Bulls

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The Brumbies have named their Super Rugby team to play the Bulls in Canberra on Friday and have included co-captain Stephen Moore and veteran prop Ben Alexander.

While Moore and Alexander are a lift for the team the Brumbies will be without Matt Toomua who has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Moore and Alexander missed last week’s 23-10 loss to the Highlanders in Invercargill but will rejoin the starting side, along with Scott Sio who came off the bench last week.

Sio replaces Allan Alaalatoa who returns to the Replacements list.

Lock Rory Arnold, who also started last week’s match from the bench, returns to the starting XV alongside Sam Carter, while the backrow trio of Scott Fardy, David Pocock and Jarrad Butler remains unchanged.

Tomás Cubelli and Christian Lealiifano remain the halves pairing while the versatile Robbie Coleman gets his first start at inside centre as Toomua who left the field in the 73rd minute of the Brumbies loss to the Highlanders last week and has not recovered in time for this week’s match.

Tevita Kuridrani will start at outside centre while Nigel Ah Wong and James Dargaville are the new starting wingers. It will be Dargaville’s first start in 2016 after featuring in four matches this season from the bench. Aidan Toua will start the match at fullback.

Last week’s starting front row of Alaalatoa, Josh Mann-Rea and Ruan Smith will all start from the bench along with Tom Staniforth, Blake Enever, Jordan Smiler, Joe Powell and Lausii Taliauli.

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore (c), 3. Ben Alexander, 4.Rory Arnold, 5.Sam Carter, 6.Scott Fardy, 7.David Pocock, 8. Jarrad Butler, 9. Tomás Cubelli, 10. Christian Lealiifano (c), 11. James Dargaville, 12.Robbie Coleman, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Nigel Ah Wong, 15. Aidan Toua

Replacements : 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Blake Enever, 21. Jordan Smiler, 22.Joe Powell, 23.Lausii Taliauli

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