Brumbies Paul and Giteau return to the fold




CA Brumbies Head Coach Laurie Fisher has today named his team for Saturday night’s Tooheys New Super 14 Week Nine clash with the Cheetahs at Canberra Stadium.

The Brumbies will welcome back star inside centre Matt Giteau for the clash, the 23-year-old recovering from a knee injury which sidelined him for the team’s last outing against the Chiefs.

Hooker Jeremy Paul will too make his long-awaited return to the starting lineup while Fisher has continued to rotate his front row with Nic Henderson and Guy Shepherdson getting an opportunity to start the match in the front row with Bill Young to play from the reserves bench.

Adam Wallace-Harrison will play in his third starting position in four matches this weekend when he runs on at Number 8 in place of injured back-rower Jone Tawake.

Fisher said he was expecting a tough battle with South Africa’s second-highest placed team.

“They are the current Curry Cup champions and they’ve been up there with the Bulls and Sharks as the best South African teams this season,” he said.

“They’re very strong at the lineout and are well organised. They’ve got a tremendous team spirit so we’re expecting a big challenge.”

Matt Giteau, who will play his first match since aggravating a knee injury during the Commonwealth Games’ sevens tournament, said that the Cheetahs had performed strongly in the backs despite their lack of experience.

“They’re a little bit inexperienced as a group but they’ve got some very good players,” he said.

“Their outside centre Ronnie Cooke is very quick and they’ve also got Keith Lowen from the Chiefs, who’s very experienced at the Super 14 level.”

Giteau doesn’t expect to have any problems finding his way into the match, despite missing the past two matches for the Brumbies.

“I haven’t played for the Brumbies for three weeks but I’ve played with Stirling (Mortlock), Steve Larkham and George (Gregan) quite a lot now so I won’t have nay dramas slotting back in there.”

The match kicks-off at 7.40pm this Saturday night at Canberra Stadium. The Brumby Runners and New South Wales ‘A’ will meet in a curtain raiser at 5.15pm.

Tomorrow’s final training session has been moved from Griffith Oval to Viking Park, with interviews to take place prior to the training session at 9.30am.
CA Brumbies v Cheetahs

1 Nic Henderson
2 Jeremy Paul
3 Guy Shepherdson
4 Alister Campbell
5 Mark Chisholm
6 Daniel Heenan
7 George Smith
8 Adam Wallace-Harrison
9 George Gregan
10 Stephen Larkham
11 Mark Gerrard
12 Matt Giteau
13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
14 Clyde Rathbone
15 Adam Ashley-Cooper

16 James McCormack
17 Bill Young
18 Radike Samo
19 Julian Salvi
20 Patrick Phibbs
21 Gene Fairbanks
22 Joel Wilson

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