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White names team to battle Blues
The University of Canberra Brumbies have made one change to their starting side which will face the Blues at Canberra Stadium this Saturday afternoon.
Returning from injury this week is Wallaby winger Joe Tomane, who slots back into the No 11 jersey moving Jesse Mogg to fullback and Robbie Coleman to the bench. With Coleman moving back to the bench, Cam Crawford slips out of the 22-man squad.
On the bench, wrecking ball Fotu Auelua has been given the all clear after recovering from a hamstring strain he sustained during the three-week break. With Auelua back in the 22-man squad, Ita Vaea drops off the bench for the clash with the Blues.
Auelua, Tomane and Mogg have all been in outstanding Super Rugby form to this point of the season and will be looking to finish off their first professional years in style against the Blues.
The match is one of the most anticipated in Canberra for the last eight years, with a win guaranteeing the University of Canberra Brumbies top spot in the Australian Conference and a home quarter final next weekend.
It’s also a special occasion for one of the Brumbies most respected old heads, Stephen Moore, who claims his 100th cap after 10 years of Super Rugby.
The game is being played at the family and winter friendly time of 3.30pm and with local rugby taking a break this Saturday, the stage has been set for one of the biggest home crowds of 2012.
University of Canberra Brumbies v Blues
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Referee: Jonathan White
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Dan Palmer
4. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
6. Peter Kimlin
7. Michael Hooper
8. Ben Mowen (c)
9. Nic White
10. Zack Holmes
11. Joe Tomane
12. Pat McCabe
13. Andrew Smith
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Anthony Hegarty
17. Ruaidhri Murphy
18. Leon Power
19. Fotu Auelua
20. Ian Prior
21. Tevita Kuridrani
22. Robbie Coleman
• The University of Canberra Brumbies have met the Blues on 17 different occasions with Auckland holding an advantage at 10 wins to seven.
• 2011 was the first time since 1996 the Blues and the Brumbies didn’t face each other.
• The last time the Brumbies played the Blues was in Auckland in 2010, with the Brumbies going down 39-34. That was Andrew Smith’s debut Super Rugby match.
• The last time the Blues won in Canberra was 2007, 17-15.
• Auckland has won three times in Canberra.