Moore to break Super Rugby games record

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by Beth Newman

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore will become Super Rugby's most-capped player this weekend when he runs out for the Brumbies.

Moore's 163rd game takes him past Nathan Sharpe's tally of 162, with a new three-year deal in Queensland still to play out.

Saturday night's clash with the Force could be Moore's last game for the Brumbies before returning north, depending on how the final weekend plays out.

The Brumbies have made one change to their side for the match, with Ruan Smith coming into the starting side at tighthead, shifting Ben Alexander to the bench.

Scott Fardy has come through the week fine after some initial concerns, while fellow backrowers David Pocock and Jordan Smiler haven't quite made the cut.

The pair were runnign in the reserves in training on Thursday and would likely be fit for any finals, should the Brumbies make it.

Brumbies co-captain Christian Lealiifano said last weekend's loss to the Blues was a wake-up call and they needed to ward off complacency this weekend.

"We spoke about it last week as well, that little bit of complacency or little bit of mistakes you make can really hurt you, whether that be on the field or in your preparation," he said.

"So we definitely feel like a second chance and have woken up again to prepare well and push forward now."

The Brumbies team to face the Western Force on Saturday night, 7:40pm AEST.

1. Scott Sio                                              

2. Stephen Moore (c)                          

3. Ruan Smith                                        

4. Rory Arnold                                       

5. Sam Carter                                         

6. Scott Fardy                                        

7. Jarrad Butler                                      

8. Michael Wells                                    

9. Tomás Cubelli                                   

10. Christian Lealiifano (c)                    

11. James Dargaville                              

12. Matt Toomua                    

13. Tevita Kuridrani                                

14. Nigel Ah Wong                                  

15. Aidan Toua                                         


16. Josh Mann-Rea

17. Allan Alaalatoa

18. Ben Alexander

19. Tom Staniforth

20. Blake Enever

21. Joe Powell

22. Andrew Smith

23. Lausii Taliauli