Super Rugby AU qualifying final teams: Brumbies bring back big guns as Force make selection surprise at the back


The ACT Brumbies and Western Drive have named their groups for Saturday evening’s Tremendous Rugby AU qualifying remaining in Canberra.

The Brumbies welcome again the seasoned duo of Pete Samu and Irae Simone for the must-win match. Each missed the facet’s Spherical 9 win over the Rebels, and their inclusions bolster what’s a formidable-looking dwelling facet.

Samu comes straight again into the again row at quantity eight, that means Rob Valetini shifts again to his common place on the blindside. Rory Scott begins at openside after making his debut two weeks in the past, and there’s a possible debutant on the bench within the type of native product Luke Reimer.

Simone, in the meantime, takes up his spot at inside centre instead of Bayley Kuenzle, who drops out of the matchday squad.

Nic White returns to the beginning lineup after coming off the bench towards the Rebels, with Ryan Lonergan reverting to the pine. Props James Slipper and Scott Sio have accomplished an identical swap at loosehead.

Whereas the Drive have gone with a settled line-up for his or her first-ever Tremendous Rugby remaining, coach Tim Sampson has made a shock choice on the again, naming Jake Strachan within the quantity 15 jersey for his first begin of the yr. Irishman Rob Kearney continues to be unavailable attributable to damage, whereas Jack McGregor has moved again to the reserves after beginning at 15 final week.

“Jake’s a really gifted participant, he has the flexibility to create one thing out of nothing. His nickname is ‘Silky’ for a cause,” Sampson mentioned.

With Tevita Kuridrani suspended attributable to his tip-tackle on Hunter Paisami final week, the Drive have introduced Richard Kahui into the beginning facet to exchange his fellow veteran. Kahui made a serious influence in his cameo off the bench towards the Reds final week, establishing Jordan Olowofela for the game-winning attempt with a deft kick.

Henry Taefu has been added to the matchday 23 with Kuridrani unavailable, and Santiago Medrano will begin within the entrance row as Greg Holmes strikes to the bench.

Tremendous Rugby AU qualifying remaining groups

ACT Brumbies vs Western Drive

Saturday, 7:45pm (AEST), GIO Stadium
1-15: James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Rory Scott, Pete Samu, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks

Bench: Lachlan Lonergan, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen

In: Pete Samu, Irae Simone, Luke Reimer

Out: Will Miller, James Tucker, Bayley Kuenzle

1-15: Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, Santiago Medrano, Jeremy Thrush, Sitaleki Timani, Fergus Lee-Warner, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander, Tomás Cubelli, Domingo Miotti, Jordan Olowofela, Kyle Godwin (c), Richard Kahui, Toni Pulu, Jake Strachan

Bench: Andrew Prepared, Angus Wagner, Greg Holmes, Ryan McCauley, Tim Anstee, Ian Prior, Henry Taefu, Jack McGregor

In: Henry Taefu

Out: Tevita Kurdrani


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