Brumbies boss Dan McKellar has made four changes to the side that beat the Chiefs in stunning fashion at GIO Stadium last Saturday night.
In what is a clear indication of the Brumbies strength and depth, Wallabies bookend Scott Sio comes in for James Slipper at loosehead prop having gained some match fitness off the bench the past two weeks.
Sio will form a familiar looking front row with fellow internationals Folau Fainga’a and Allan Alaalatoa, who start at Hooker and Tighthead prop respectively.
Slipper, one of the Brumbies best performers to date this season, is named in the finishing group and will likely play a pivotal role amongst the finishers.
Darcy Swain earns Enever’s place in the replacements after impressing in the preseason and with the Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship.
Joining Samu and Pocock in the loose forwards is Lachlan McCaffrey at Number 8. His play and leadership has caught the eye of Brumbies fans this season, and will look to link up with an exciting Brumbies backline, which is unchanged for Round three.
Joe Powell drove the Brumbies pack all day against the Chiefs, and renews his partnership with Brumbies skipper Christian Lealiifano, who was simply superb last Saturday.
Irae Simone and Tevita Kuridrani start once again in the centres, Kuridrani having bagged a brace of tries from 13 at GIO Stadium.
Andy Muirhead and Chance Peni are retained on the flanks, the latter, Peni scored two tries of his own against the Chiefs, showcasing his unique finishing power on his return to Brumbies action.
At fullback, Tom Banks is growing into a world class operator, and is crucial to the Brumbies chances against the ‘Canes, both in attack and defence.
In the replacements, Josh Mann-Rea will provide quality cover at hooker with Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin taking his place as the Tighthead prop reserve.
Tom Cusack reverts to the bench this week with Pocock’s inclusion after being one of the Brumbies standout performers the previous week and will no doubt provide a huge impact.
1. Scott Sio
2. Folau Fainga’a
3. Allan Alaalatoa
4. Rory Arnold
5. Blake Enever
6. Pete Samu
7. David Pocock
8. Lachlan McCaffrey
9. Joe Powell
10. Christian Lealiifano
11. Chance Peni
12. Irae Simone
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Andy Muirhead
15. Tom Banks
16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. James Slipper
18. Leslie Leauluaialii-Makin
19. Darcy Swain
20. Tom Cusack
21. Matt Lucas
22. Wharenui Hawera
23. Tom Wright
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