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Brown to make first Brumbies start against Stormers

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The Brumbies have named flanker Jahrome Brown to make his first start for the Canberra side when they play the Stormers at Newlands this weekend.

The Brumbies have David Pocock with them for the two-match tour but he has not made the team to play the Stormers.

The inclusion of Brown is therefore the only change to the starting XV that defeated the Lions 31-20 at GIO Stadium with Murray Douglas and Wharenui Hawera being included on the bench.

Other than that, Head Coach Dan McKellar sticks with the same twenty-three that dispatched the Lions in Canberra and made it three wins in succession at their host venue.

It’s been a tough year on the road for the Brumbies though, who’ve yet to pick up a win away from the ACT, but confidence is high in the camp ahead of the clash with the South African Province, who come into the match off a terrific win in Melbourne against the Rebels last weekend.

Brown will pack down in a mobile and physical back-row alongside Tom Cusack and Pete Samu with the front-five bringing a wealth of experience, with the all-Wallaby front-row of Allan Alaalatoa, Scott Sio and Folau Fainga’a aided by Rorty Arnold and Sam Carter at lock.

The backs will be out to maintain the excellent form they showed against the Lions with Joe Powell and Christian Lealiifano pulling the strings at half-back, allowing Tom Wright and Tevita Kuridrani to expose any frailties in the Stormers midfield.

Out-wide, wingers Henry Speight and Toni Pulu are supported by Tom Banks, the latter pair both crossing for tries against the Lions and helping the team beat 41 defenders collectively, the team’s highest recorded tally since 2011.

There was huge impact from the bench in Round 9 and the finishers in Cape Town will be aiming to repeat that when called upon with Josh Mann-Rea, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin and James Slipper sure to have prominent roles to play.

Darcy Swain is in line to continue his nascent Super Rugby career with Scottish-born Douglas the other forward option. Scrumhalf Matt Lucas, Hawera and Andy Muirhead complete the matchday squad who last visited Cape Town in 2016.

The Brumbies record in South Africa in recent years has been good with the team recording five wins from their last seven matches in the Republic, scoring 25 points or more in four of those victories.

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Tom Wright, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Les Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Murray Douglas, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andy Muirhead

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