Brumbies name rookie as Pocock replacement

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by Beth Newman

Stephen Larkham has named rookie Ben Hyne at number 8 for their clash with Queensland at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

It caps a rapid rise for Hyne who initially moved to Canberra at the start of the season without the guarantee of a contract.

The 22-year old - who featured in Brisbane City’s undefeated 2015 National Rugby Championship campaign - is now on a development contract and has been a standout in the John I Dent Cup for Tuggeranong Vikings.Ben Hyne has been a standout in the John I Dent Cup for Tuggeranong

In another change, Joe Powell will get his first Brumbies start after featuring in Michael Cheika’s Wallabies squad during the June International break. 

Matt Toomua (knee) and Andrew Smith (foot) will make their return from injury while Joe Tomane continues his knee rehabilitation, leaving Nigel Ah Wong and James Dargaville on the wings. 

The Brumbies have won four of their last six games against Queensland, including their last three encounters. 

The Brumbies take on the Reds at 7.40pm on Friday night at GIO Stadium LIVE on FOX Sports

1. Scott Sio

2. Stephen Moore (c)

3. Ben Alexander

4. Rory Arnold

5. Sam Carter

6. Scott Fardy

7. Jarrad Butler

8. Ben Hyne* (Super Rugby debut)

9. Joe Powell

10. Christian Lealiifano (c)

11. James Dargaville

12. Matt Toomua

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Nigel Ah Wong

15. Aidan Toua

Reserves

16. Josh Mann-Rea

17. Allan Alaalatoa

18. Ruan Smith

19. Blake Enever

20. Michael Wells

21. Tomas Cubelli

22. Andrew Smith

23. Lausii Taliauli 

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