The Waratahs have reinstated halfback Nick Phipps as club captain, after standing him down for more than two months.
Phipps was suspended from the position in May, after news emerged of the scrumhalf urinating on a Sydney bar during his bucks' night, with no timeline set on his return to the spot.
Though the role is not an on-field one, Phipps plays a big part in the team's off-field culture and Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said he felt the 29-year-old had been punished enough, opting to reinstate him ahead of last week's clash with the Sunwolves.
"Since the Rebels game it's been part of our strategy is to try and keep as many combinations together," he said.
"It's up to those players to really earn that through their performances and we feel as a coaching team that they're doing that and deserving their spot.
"Obviously, anything can change as we run onto the finals but I think it's a real vote of confidence for them."
The Brumbies have named a super-sized team for the match, with Rory and Richie Arnold to start but Gibson said his forward pack wouldn't be worried despite being outsized.
"I think a lot's been made of our lightweight pack all year," he said.
"We're not the biggest team and I felt we've competed very well in that area, given those limitations.
"There's no surprise they've named a big side - that's probably an area that they'll target and then also we've seen with the Brumbies their willingness to play with the ball in hand.
"We know through statistics they're one of the lowest-kicking teams, they like to hold possession.
It should make for a really entertaining game on the weekend."
"He's very energised by that, he's desperate to try and make the finals series and he's doing everything he can to be there," he said.
"He's still got a long way to go, but running today that's a real positive for him.
"Who knows where it'll end up but he's certainly doing everything he can to be there."
The Waratahs host the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.