Super Rugby Round Two teams

Super Rugby
by staff

BRUMBIES vs WARATAHS - Friday March 4, 7:40pm, GIO Stadium


Wallabies loose head Scott Sio returns to Brumbies starting side to face the Waratahs, off the back of news of his re-signing.

Sio replaces Allan Alaalatoa in the starting XV as one of two changes to the Brumbies team.

Lock Rory Arnold will miss the match with a knee injury, replaced by Queenslander Blake Enever.

The Brumbies will donate $20,000 to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service if they can attract 20,000 to the local derby.

1. Scott Sio

2. Stephen Moore (c)

3. Ben Alexander

4. Blake Enever

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. Josh Mann-Rea

17. Allan Alaalatoa

18. Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin

19 Jordan Smiler

20. Jarrad Butler

21. Michael Dowsett

22. Andrew Smith

23. Nigel Ah Wong


Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will become the second-highest capped Waratahs player when they take on the Brumbies this Friday night.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has opted to keep the same starting team that took an opening win, with just two changes in the match day 23.

Front rowers Jeremy Tilse and Angus Ta’avao are in line for their 50th Super Rugby caps in the match.

Lock Dean Mumm will become the Waratahs highest-capped second rower in his 100th game for NSW.

Prop Matt Sandell is in line for his Super Rugby debut, replacing veteran prop Benn Robinson (concussion), while Wycliff Palu comes onto the bench, with NRL flyer Reece Robinson dropping out the NSW 23.

1.    Paddy Ryan (63 caps)

2.    Tatafu Polota-Nau (131 caps)

3.    Angus Ta’avao (49 caps)

4.    Dean Mumm (87 caps – 99 caps for NSW)

5.    Will Skelton (40 caps)

6.    David Dennis (VC – 93 caps)

7.    Michael Hooper (C – 82 caps)

8.    Jed Holloway (5 caps)

9.    Nick Phipps (83 caps)

10.    Kurtley Beale (116 caps)

11.    Zac Guildford (80 caps)

12.    David Horwitz (1 cap)

13.    Rob Horne (90 caps)

14.    Matt Carraro (41 caps)

15.    Israel Folau (46 caps)


16.    Tolu Latu (29 caps)

17.    Matt Sandell (potential NSW/Super Rugby debut)

18.    Jeremy Tilse (49 caps)

19.    Sam Lousi (5 caps)

20.    Wycliff Palu (121 caps)

21.    Jack Dempsey (4 caps)

22.    Matt Lucas (13 caps)

23.    Bryce Hegarty (34 caps)

 REDS vs FORCE - Saturday March 5, 7:40pm Suncorp Stadium


Japanese Test fullback Ayumu Goromaru will make his run-on debut for the Queensland Reds against the Force.

An ankle injury to rookie centre Henry Taefu will leave him out for 6-8 weeks, shifting Karmichael Hunt to the centres in the only change to their starting lineup this week.

Junior Laloifi comes into the match-day 23, in contention for his Super Rugby debut.

1. Ben Daley

2. Saia Fainga’a

3. Greg Holmes

4. Cadeyrn Neville

5. Rob Simmons (C)

6. Hendrik Tui

7. Curtis Browning

8. Jake Schatz

9. Nick Frisby

10. Jake McIntyre

11. Eto Nabuli

12. Karmichael Hunt

13. Samu Kerevi

14. Chris Feauai-Sautia

15. Ayumu Goromaru (run-on debut)


16. Andrew Ready

17. Sef Fa’agase

18. Sam Talakai

19. Ben Matwijow

20. Michael Gunn

21. Scott Gale

22. Sam Greene

23. Junior Laloifi (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut)

REBELS vs BULLS - Sunday March 6, midnight AEDT, Pretoria

The Rebels have made two changes to their starting side with Jack Debreczenit the major boost, but will miss Colby Fainga'a, Mike Harris and Nic Stirzaker in Pretoria.

Steve Cummins will start at lock in the other change to the starting XV.


1. Toby Smith

2. James Hanson

3. Laurie Weeks

4. Luke Jones

5. Steve Cummins

6. Adam Thomson

7. Sean McMahon (captain)

8. Lopeti Timani

9. Ben Meehan

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Tom English

12. Mitch Inman

13. Tamati Ellison

14. Dom Shipperley

15. Reece Hodge


16. Pat Leafa

17. Cruze Ah Nau

18. Jamie Hagan

19. Sam Jeffries

20. Jordy Reid

21. Mick Snowden

22. Jonah Placid

23. Dan Hawkins