Brumbies reshuffle for Cheetahs

Super Rugby

Injuries have forced two changes to the Brumbies' team to face the Cheetahs, with bullocking number 8 Ita Vaea returning to the backrow.

Vaea has missed the last fortnight with a finger injury but will take his spot in the starting lineup in Bloemfoentein, with replacement Jarrad Butler (knee) forced out for a month.

Robbie Coleman comes on to the wing, as a straight swap for Henry Speight (face) ahead of their final South African clash, with James Dargaville included on the bench.

Robbie Abel is in line for a Super Rugby debut, named on the bench in place of the suspended Josh Mann-Rea.

Ruan Smith rounds out the changes to the bench line up, on the bench for his first appearance of 2016 after a season in Japan's Top League.

The Brumbies take on the Cheetahs at midnight Sunday (AEDT).

1. Scott Sio

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. Robbie Coleman

12. Matt Toomua

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Joe Tomane

15. Aidan Toua


16. Robbie Abel

17. Allan Alaalatoa

18. Ruan Smith

19. Tom Staniforth

20. Jordan Smiler

21. Michael Dowsett

22. James Dargaville

23. Nigel Ah Wong