Larkham makes five changes for Lions clash

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Stephen Larkham has rolled out the reinforcements as the Brumbies look to kick start the second half of 2017 against the Lions.

Ben Alexander, Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler, Kyle Godwin and Aidan Toua are all back in the starting XV for Friday night's clash.

In the forwards, Alexander starts ahead of Nic Mayhew, Butler replaces Chris Alcock and Smiler slots in ahead of Lolo Fakaosilea.Aidan Toua resumes his role at fullback. Photo: Getty ImagesGodwin will join forces with Tevita Kuridrani, while Toua resumes his role at fullback ahead of Tom Banks.

The Australian Conference leaders recorded their third straight loss in a sub par performance against the Blues so the return of five top line players is a timely one.

But the advantage of resuming after a week's break is offset by the form their opponents are in.

After fumbling their way to a win against the Force, the Lions looked to be back at their very best against the Rebels.

TEAM

Brumbies team to take on the Lions

1. Ben Alexander

2. Josh Mann-Rea

3. Allan Alaalatoa

4. Rory Arnold

5. Sam Carter (c)

6. Scott Fardy

7. Jarrad Butler

8. Jordan Smiler

9. Joe Powell

10. Wharenui Hawera

11. James Dargaville

12. Kyle Godwin

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Henry Speight

15. Aidan Toua

Reserves

16. Robbie Abel

17. Nic Mayhew

18. Leslie Leulua'ial'i-Makin

19. Blake Enever

20. Ben Hyne

21. De Wet Roos

22. Jordan Jackson-Hope

23. Tom Banks

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