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By Brumbies Media Unit
The University of Canberra Brumbies have made two changes to their starting side which will face the Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
In the forwards, Fotu Auelua will start at No. 8 moving Ben Mowen to blindside flanker and Jordan Smiler back to the bench.
The backs will also enjoy minimal disruption, with Andrew Smith the only casualty of last week’s match at Dunedin after he pulled his hamstring in the first 10 minutes. Smith has been replaced by Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre, with Clyde Rathbone filling the final spot on the bench.
The Reds present the University of Canberra Brumbies with their biggest challenge of the 2013 Super Rugby season. Brimming with talent, the Reds will carry 279 Test caps onto Suncorp Stadium, with experience spread throughout their forwards, backs and bench.
Adding to the Reds quality are 15 players returning from their 2011 title winning squad, which will be eager to keep the Rod Macqueen Cup in Brisbane for another year. 2012 was the first time the Reds had taken the annual trophy back to Queensland and Brumbies coach Jake White said they would be fighting tooth and nail to keep it there.
“The Reds present us with a massive challenge, but one we need to be able to overcome if we’re to progress in this competition,” White said.
“For the last three years they’ve been the team to beat and the side that all other Australian teams have used as a benchmark, so we are fully aware of the challenge that awaits us on Saturday night.
“The Reds are the current Australian Conference champions and it was only 18 months ago they were the Super Rugby champions. They have enough international experience to make things very difficult for us on Saturday night.”
This is the 22nd time the Reds and the Brumbies have faced off and the 10th occasion this fixture has been played in Brisbane. Of those previous nine matches, the Reds have won twice; once in 1999 at Ballymore and again in 2012 at Suncorp Stadium.
Reds v University of Canberra Brumbies
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Glen Jackson
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Dan Palmer
4. Peter Kimlin
5. Sam Carter
6. Ben Mowen
7. George Smith
8. Fotu Auelua
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Joe Tomane
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Tevita Kuridani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Siliva Siliva
17. Scott Sio
18. Jordan Smiler
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Ian Prior
21. Pat McCabe
22. Clyde Rathbone
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