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Speight one of four Brumbies changes for Sharks

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Brumbies Super rugby head coach Dan McKellar has named a team with four changes for their Super rugby quarter-final match against the Sharks at home in Canberra.

Head Coach Dan McKellar has made four changes to the team that defeated the Reds to retain the Rod Macqueen Cup with Henry Speight passed fit to reclaim the right-wing spot.

Toni Pulu returns to the left wing forming a potent back three alongside Tom Banks.

The other two changes are in the back-row where Tom Cusack and Pete Samu return to the starting XV alongside Rob Valetini, with loose forwards Lachlan McCaffrey and Jahrome Brown providing power and impact from the replacements bench.

The nucleus of the pack that has been the benchmark for the Super Rugby competition in 2019 is retained with the All-international front row of Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa packing down with Brumbies leading try-scorer, Folau Fainga’a, the hooker having claimed eleven tries this season.

Christian Lealiifano will win his 149th Super Rugby cap leading the team for the 47th time as Captain, equalling the mark set by George Gregan, with the gifted playmaker also closing in on 950 Super Rugby points.

McKellar has opted for six forwards on the bench, adding Darcy Swain into the finishers with the front row substitutes being Connal McInerney, James Slipper and Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, the latter running out for his 49th Super Rugby appearance.

Matt Lucas makes a return to the matchday twenty-three as one of two back replacements, together with utility Tom Wright who crossed for his third try of the season in the win over the Reds.

Should the Brumbies be successful in their Quarter Final there are two potential semi-final fixtures that could take place next weekend.

If the Jaguares defeat the Chiefs in Buenos Aires, the Brumbies will travel to Argentina, whilst if the Chiefs are successful the New Zealanders will be the opposition at GIO Stadium.

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Jahrome Brown, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Tom Wright.

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1 Comment

  1. Gordon Moulden, Ed.D

    22nd June 2019 at 4:52 am

    This is the best Brumbies’ team since 2013-2015. They will pose a stiff challenge for the Jaguares to make the final.

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