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White names team to tackle Rebels
Jake White has made just one change to the starting side which beat the Reds last weekend, with Joseph Tomane being given the nod to start on the wing over Henry Speight.
Fijian flyer Speight will sit out this weekend’s match with the Rebels after suffering bruising to his ribs during the round one clash with the Reds. The Australian Conference’s top try-scorer in 2012 was cleared of serious damage to his ribs earlier in the week.
With Tomane moving to the starting side, young gun Tevita Kuridrani makes his first appearance of 2013 on the University of Canberra Brumbies bench.
Ruaidhri Murphy drops from the 22 for Saturday night’s blockbuster in Melbourne with Scott Sio claiming his spot in the No 17 jersey. Like Kuridrani, it’s Sio’s first appearance for the season having played four times for the University of Canberra Brumbies during his debut year in 2012.
White said playing away from home in an Australian derby was always a huge challenge and that Saturday’s clash with the Rebels would be no different.
“It’s an Australian derby so you know it’s going to be a tough, passionate game with plenty of feeling,” White said.
“That Rebels starting side has six internationals and another handful of guys, like Mitch Inman, who have been involved with the national camps recently. Those are the sorts of players our guys want to play against to the test themselves with the best.
“There’s no doubt the Melbourne crowd will be behind the Rebels, they are very passionate about their sport in that part of the world. But I’m confident we’d done the hard work and should be good enough to leave Melbourne with a win.”
This is the fifth time the Rebels and the Brumbies have faced off since the Melbourne side was admitted to the Super Rugby competition back in 2011. The University of Canberra Brumbies have lost just the one match against the Rebels, the first time the two teams met at AAMI Park in Round 2, 2011.
22 February, 2013
Melbourne Rebels v University of Canberra Brumbies
AAMI Park, Melbourne
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Dan Palmer
4. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
6. Peter Kimlin
7. David Pocock
8. Ben Mowen (c)
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Andrew Smith
14. Joe Tomane
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Siliva Siliva
17. Scott Sio
18. Fotu Auelua
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Ian Prior
21. Robbie Coleman
22. Tevita Kuridrani