Pocock out of clash with Crusaders

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Brumbies will be without David Pocock when they host the Crusaders on Saturday, the star flanker ruled out with a calf injury.

The loss of Pocock, who has returned to Super Rugby in scintillating form, has forced a backrow reshuffle.

Blake Enever will start at blindside flanker, with Tom Cusack shifting to openside to fill the hole left by Pocock.

The remainder of the forward pack remains unchanged but there is another shift in the centres, Andrew Smith earning the nod at 12 ahead of Kyle Godwin, who has been left out of the 23 altogether.David Pocock will not line up for the Brumbies on Saturday. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyChristian Lealiifano is also missing from the team sheet due to a planned rest period.

Coach Dan McKellar has made four changes to his bench unit, Faalelei Sione coming in ahead of Nic Mayhew, Ben Alexander earning a nod ahead of Mees Erasmus, Lolo Fakaosilea returning to the 23 in front of Michael Oakman-Hunt and Andy Muirhead taking Smith's spot.


Brumbies team to face the Crusaders

1. Scott Sio

2. Folau Faingaa

3. Allan Alaalatoa

4. Rory Arnold

5. Sam Carter

6. Blake Enever

7. Tom Cusack

8. Isi Naisarani

9. Joe Powell

10. Wharenui Hawera

11. Chance Peni

12. Andrew Smith

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Henry Speight

15. Tom Banks


16. Robbie Abel

17. Faalelei Sione

18. Ben Alexander

19. Darcy Swain

20. Lolo Fakaosilea

21. Matt Lucas

22. Jordan Jackson-Hope

23. Andy Muirhead

The Brumbies face the Crusaders at GIO Stadium on Saturday, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio.