Brumbies' big guns return


The Brumbies’ biggest names will return for their final preseason hit out, against the Reds, on Friday.

Flanker David Pocock headlines a list of high-profile inclusions for the match at Ballymore, along with co-captains Stephen Moore and Christian Lealiifano.

Lealiifano will slot straight into flyhalf for the match, shifting Matt Toomua to inside centre after he played 10 in the opening trial.

Pocock will team up with Scott Fardy and Ita Vaea in the back row as they look to revive their combination from 2015.

Winger Henry Speight has been named to start in his first outing with the Brumbies, coming off the recent Sydney Sevens tournament and three months’ full-time in the shortened format of the game.

Wallabies outside centre Tevita Kuridrani will return to action for the Brumbies for the first time in 2016.

Wallabies loosehead Scott Sio will come off the bench as he continues to recover from injuries suffered at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

Former Reds back Aidan Toua will be in familiar territory at Ballymore, but for the first time the fullback will be in Brisbane as the enemy.


1. Allan Alaalatoa

2. Stephen Moore (c)

3. Ben Alexander

4. Rory Arnold

5. Sam Carter

6. Scott Fardy

7. David Pocock

8. Ita Vaea

9. Tomás Cubelli

10. Christian Lealiifano (c)

11. Joe Tomane

12. Matt Toomua

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Henry Speight

15. Aidan Toua


16. Robbie Abel

17. Scott Sio

18. Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin

19. Blake Enever

20. Jarrad Butler

21. Michael Dowsett

22. Nick Jooste

23. Andrew Smith

24. Tom Staniforth

25. Jordan Smiler

26. Nigel Ah Wong