Brumbies suffer Giteau blow



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Brumbies star inside centre Matt Giteau has been ruled out of Saturday night’s Tooheys New Super 14 Week Eleven clash with the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium. Giteau failed to take the training field today with his injured right knee, which has taken repeated knocks over the past six weeks.

Giteau will miss the match in order to allow the bone bruising above his knee to settle, while Joel Wilson will take his place in the starting lineup on Saturday night.

47-game veteran Wilson has played each match in the 2006 season from the reserves bench and will make his first run-on appearance since Week Five of last season.

The strongly-built centre’s last appearance in the number 12 for the Brumbies was two weeks prior in a match against the Stormers.

“I’ve mostly played outside centre (throughout my career) but whatever position opens up for a chance to play in the starting lineup I’ll happily accept,” said Wilson just minutes after learning of his appointment.

“I haven’t started a game yet this year and I’m very glad that it’s come about. I worked hard during the pre-season and I’ve been pretty happy with my form this season,” he said.

Wilson will likely be teamed with Gordon team-mate Stirling Mortlock, after the Brumbies skipper completed this morning’s training session without any discomfort in his left shoulder.

“It felt quite good throughout the session today with very limited contact but I’m feeling much more confident that I’ll be fit to play on Saturday,” said Mortlock.

“If I was fifty-fifty earlier in the week, then I’m probably more like sixty-forty now,” he said.

“I’ll probably do a bit of contact work at the Captain’s Run tomorrow and see how it goes. We’ll make a call after that session.”

CA Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher has made two further changes to his starting lineup, with Nic Henderson to start at tighthead prop and Gene Fairbanks coming into flyhalf for the injured Stephen Larkham.

Peter Owens makes his return to the Super 14 arena after recovering from an ankle syndesmosis injury to take his place on the reserves bench alongside Ben Batger.

Owens made his debut for the Brumbies last season, playing just seven minutes of a three-point victory over the Stormers at Canberra Stadium in Week Three.


1 Bill Young
2 Jeremy Paul
3 Nic Henderson
4 Alister Campbell
5 Mark Chisholm
6 Daniel Heenan
7 George Smith
8 Adam Wallace-Harrison
9 George Gregan
10 Gene Fairbanks
11 Mark Gerrard
12 Joel Wilson
13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
14 Clyde Rathbone
15 Adam Ashley-Cooper

16 James McCormack
17 Guy Shepherdson
18 Radike Samo
19 Julian Salvi
20 Patrick Phibbs
21 Peter Owens
22 Ben Batger

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