Smiler to debut against Highlanders

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:45
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Jordan Smiler will make his Super Rugby debut when he starts at blindside flank for the Brumbies against the Highlanders on Friday.

Jordan Smiler will make his Super Rugby debut when he starts at blindside flank for the Brumbies against the Highlanders on Friday.

The 27-year-old joined the Brumbies over the off season, having made his way to Australia first through Waikato in New Zealand's NPC and then the international Sevens circuit.

A tough competitor, Smiler fills the blindside flank's jumper for Friday's clash.

Smiler is one of five changes to the starting line-up - with Matt Toomua (flyhalf), Andrew Smith (outside centre) and Sam Carter (lock) also set to return.

Tevita Kuridrani and Pat McCabe move back to the bench, while Scott Fardy has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

Skipper Ben Mowen has been selected at No.8, while Fotu Auelua returns to the bench.

Robbie Coleman also drops from the matchday 22 as does Zack Holmes.

"Jordan has been with us for some time now and understands all the structures and systems in place, he'll slot in nicely on Friday," White said.

"He spent a bit of time with us training during the 2012 season and he's been a great guy to have around the franchise.

"Andrew Smith has had a few weeks out and makes his return to the starting side this week. Andrew was fantastic for us in the early games this year so we will be looking for him to recapture some of that form on Friday."

The Brumbies have never played at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium, the competition's only venue with a roof.

The Brumbies haven't won against the Highlanders in New Zealand since 2009, when the visitors snuck home 33-31.

In 2011 the Highlanders managed to claw one back over the Brumbies thanks to two tries to hooker Jason Rutledge.

Last year the Brumbies again managed to even the ledger when Joe Tomane scored a cracking double at Canberra Stadium.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Pat McCabe, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.

Date: Friday, April 12
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 17.35 (17.35 AEST; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Keith Brown (New Zealand)

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England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
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Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19