Brumbies turn to former Chiefs and Waikato rep after one week with the side to fix up front row after prop shortage
Brumbies veteran James Slipper will shift from his usual loosehead role to tighthead with the Super Rugby AU side desperately short on props ahead of Friday night’s clash with Western Force.
Slipper, who is returning from a knee injury for the GIO Stadium match, will be joined up front by former Force prop Harry Lloyd for his first start this season, with Test star Allan Alaalatoa still suspended and Tom Ross injured.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has also rushed Waikato’s Sosefo Kautai onto the bench after only joining the team this week.
“James has got up for this game and he will play tighthead and he’s got a lot of experience there so he will do a good job for us,” McKellar said on Wednesday.
Coming off a tight loss to the competition-leading Reds followed by the bye, Jahrome Brown is the new No.7 with Tom Cusack ruled out with a shoulder injury and halfback Nick White taking over the captaincy from Alaalatoa.
McGregor will start at fullback with Brache on the wing.
NSW coach Rob Penney has made seven changes to his starting team, welcoming back inside centre Izaia Perese from suspension to partner Lalakai Foketi.
The Reds have also rung four changes with Ryan Smith making his starting debut at lock, with Seru Uru at No. 8.