Sio slots back in for Brumbies

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Scott Sio will make his first start of 2018 on Friday, named in the Brumbies starting XV that will take on the Rebels.

Sio missed ACT's first two starts through a calf injury but has overcome the niggle, named in a new look forward pack for coach Dan McKellar.

The Brumbies were mauled up front by the Reds in their loss at Suncorp Stadium and McKellar has responded by bringing in Sio and Lolo Fakaosilea at openside flanker, with Tom Cusack relegated to the bench.

Scott Sio is back in the Brumbies lineup. Photo: Getty ImagesIt is an otherwise unchanged starting XV that will face Melbourne but there are more changes on the bench, with Folau Faingaa named for a possible Super Rugby debut ahead of Robbie Abel and Faalelei Sione getting the nod ahead of Nic Mayhew.

Richie Arnold has also been recalled to the 23 in place of Blake Enever.

TEAM

Brumbies team to face the Rebels

1. Scott Sio

2. Josh Mann-Rea

3. Allan Alaalatoa

4. Rory Arnold

5. Sam Carter (C)

6. Lachlan McCaffrey

7. Lolo Fakaosilea

8. Isi Naisarani

9. Joe Powell

10. Christian Lealiifano

11. Chance Peni

12. Kyle Godwin

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Henry Speight

15. Tom Banks

Reserves

16. Folau Faingaa

17. Faalelei Sione

18. Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin

19. Richie Arnold

20. Tom Cusack

21. Matt Lucas

22. Wharenui Hawera

23. Andy Muirhead

The Brumbies face the Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio.