Brisbane City and the Western Sydney Rams will be desperate to get their first wins of 2016 when they clash at Ballymore Oval on Saturday afternoon.
City had their 13-game unbeaten streak in the Buildcorp NRC broken in round one when they went down to the NSW Country Eagles.
The two-time competition winners have received a major boost with championship winning halves Nick Frisby and Jake McIntyre both included for Saturday’s clash.
“It’s good to be able to bring Nick and Jake back into the side,” Brisbane City head coach Rod Seib said.
“They’ve both been very proud and passionate members of Brisbane City since the beginning, so they’ll offer a lot in terms of enthusiasm, as well as experience.”
Seib was disappointed with the loss in his first game as head coach and hopes his side bounces back as they defend the Horan-Little Shield for the first time in 2016.
“We certainly weren’t happy with the result last week but we’re better for having played the match and trained together for another week,” Seib said.
“We have the added incentive of having the Horan-Little Shield on the line.
“It’s always nice playing for a bit of 'silverware' and we’d love to keep it at Ballymore.”
The Rams though have a major inclusion of their own, Wallaby Will Skelton will start just one week after coming off the bench in the second Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand.
Deputy Waratahs hooker Hugh Roach also get his first run in NRC 2016, pushing Brandon Paenga-Amosa back to the bench despite scoring two tries last weekend.Round two of the NRC coincides with the #Pass4Prostate campaign which will raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Players from the home team will wear pale blue socks while Astellas Pharma Australia will contribute $10,000 to the cause.
(Starting 1-15): Pettowa Paraka, Andrew Ready, Sam Talakai (c), Luke Beauchamp, Lukhan Tui, Isi Naisarani, Michael Gunn, Leroy Houston, Nick Frisby, Jake McIntyre, Alex Gibbon, Toby White, Brad Lacey, Patrick James.
Reserves: Matt Mafi, Markus Vanzati, Feao Fotuaika, Criff Tupou, Jake de Guingand, Moses Sorovi, Mitch Felsman, Jayden Ngamanu.
Western Sydney Rams
(Starting 1-15): Matt Gibbon, Hugh Roach, David Lolohea, Will Skelton, Vaitoa Senio Toleafoa, Rhys Allen, Tupou Sopoaga, Tyrone Viiga, Scott Gale, Paul Asquith (c), Fabian Goodall, Mau David Minute, Samuel Denny Godinet, Rob Buaserau, Albert Nikoro.
Reserves: Brandan Paenga-Amosa, Andrew Tuala, Jack Payne, Tom Alexander, Taunaola Kei, Waldo Wessels, Mitchell Walton, Luke Smart.
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