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Brumbies don't know what to expect from Wales

Brumbies coach Jake White preparing for the unknown

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Article Published: Monday 11 June 2012|

Brumbies coach Jake White returned from a trip to Japan not knowing exactly what to expect as the Brumbies play Wales on Tuesday.

The Brumbies have named a young side to face Six Nations Champions Wales at Canberra Stadium as White wants to see if his fringe players are able to step up for Super Rugby.

White does however admit that he does not know what to expect as Wales have made sweeping changes for the match.

The Brumbies have beaten Wales twice on their past tours - in 1978 and 1996.

White has named lock Ben Hand - who has played once this season - as captain of a Brumbies team that has seven players who have yet to make their Super Rugby debuts.

Former Australian under-20s players Siliva Siliva and Kimami Sitauti will play their first match for the Brumbies since they joined the club.

Winger Joe Tomane suffered an ankle injury last week and Sitauti, Tom Cox and Cam Crawford are all in a race to replace him.

"I've signed a lot of players, but I haven't seen them actually out there playing," White told Rugbyheaven.

"Because we've been going well and through certain circumstances, we haven't been able to rotate, so I want to see these guys at the next level.

"I don't know what to expect and that's quite nice, it's exciting."

Brumbies backrower Ita Vaea played every game for the Brumbies last season but with Fotu Auelua and Ben Mowen filling the No.8 duties he has had limited game time and is relishing the opportunity to get on to the field.

"I'm pretty keen, there's been a lot of training and I've been putting a lot of energy in the tank," Vaea said.

"It's going to be a massive game and the boys are all excited to play.

"It hasn't been frustrating, I just come off the bench and try to give a bit of inspiration to the boys and lift them up.

"The team has been going well and I'm happy I've got the opportunity to play an international team."

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