Brumbies double up on the Scotts

Thu, 16 May 2013 07:30
Large scott fardy brumbies Large jake white presser Large scott sio brumbies

The Brumbies made two changes to their starting line-up for the crucial all-Australian derby with the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

The Brumbies made two changes to their starting line-up for the crucial all-Australian derby with the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Scott Sio has been named at loosehead prop and Scott Fardy returning from injury at lock.

Fardy hasn't been seen in Brumbies colours for almost a month, when he suffered and ankle injury during a four-match series against South Adrican teams.

He has since recovered, making his way through Canberra's John I Dent Cup with Wests.

With Dan Palmer dropping from the Brumbies' matchday squad, Ruan Smith has been included on the bench for his first appearance in a Brumbies jersey.

Having previously claimed two caps for the Western Force, Smith has worked hard to maintain his Super Rugby quality during 2013 and will be looking to make a big impact in Sydneyon Saturday.

A former Australian and South African Schoolboys star, Smith fits the mould of a young Ben Alexander and links nicely with fellow youngsters Sio and Siliva Siliva in the front row.

As well as Palmer, Leon Power drops out of the Brumbies 22-man squad.

Peter Kimlin moves from lock to blindside flank, Ben Mowen to No. 8 and Fotu Auelua shifts back to the bench.

"It's great to see both Scotts in the starting side, Sio is now a proven starter and Fardy has been one of our most consistent players over the last two years," coach Jake White said.

"Saturday will also be an exciting time for Ruan. He's been biding his time, waiting for an opportunity and I'm sure he'll take it with both hands come Saturday."

The brumbies will hold their captain's run in Canberra on Friday, before taking the bus to Sydney.

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

Date: Saturday, May 18
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.40 (09.40 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

There are currently no matches being played
Wed, 07 October 2015
South Africa v United States 15h45 London
Namibia v Georgia 19h00 Exeter
Fri, 09 October 2015
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Force 16 3 0 13 19
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26