Mack Hansen earns Super Rugby starting debut for Brumbies' opening derby
Vice-captain Tom Cusack has been recalled at openside flanker and will be joined by Rob Valetini and Pete Samu in the backrow.
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Bayley Kuenzle and Len Ikitau will cover the other backline positions and round out the matchday 23.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: “We couldn’t be happier to see Mack earn his first start for the team.”
“He’s a local product who’s come through our system and he’s been outstanding at training, not just since we’ve returned to HQ, but all season.
“It’s also a really exciting opportunity for Issak to be making his debut on Saturday night. He’s been part of our program on a couple of occasions, he’s always impressive at training and he’s chomping at the bit to get out there and make an impact.
“The team is really excited to get back out on the field on Saturday night and it’s going to be great to have professional rugby back in Australia.”
Brumbies: Mack Hansen, Andy Muirhead, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Noah Lolesio, Joe Powell, Pete Samu, Tom Cusack, Rob Valetini, Murray Douglas, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper. Reserves: Connal McInerney, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Lachlan McCaffrey, Will Miller, Issak Fines, Bayley Kuenzle, Len Ikitau.
– Brumbies Rugby
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