Brumbies vs Hurricanes: Pocock, Sio, Samu to start

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by Beth Newman

David Pocock has been cleared to return from a concussion for the Brumbies against the Hurricanes in one of four changes to their starting side.

Pocock will be at openside flanker in a starting backrow that will also include Pete Samu for the first time after the former Crusader came off the bench in the first two weeks.

The no. 7 sat out the Brumbies' 54-17 win over the Chiefs with a concussion that ended his first round outing after just six minutes.

Blake Enever replaces Sam Carter in the second row for the Palmerston North match, teaming up with Rory Arnold and bringing rookie Darcy Swain onto the pine.

Wallabies prop Scott Sio will make his first start of 2019, pushing James Slipper to the bench for the clash.

The Brumbies backline remains unchanged after a scintillating performance against the Chiefs in Canberra.

A win over the Hurricanes would be their first in New Zealand since 2014. 

It won't be an easy task for the Brumbies with the Hurricanes welcoming back Beauden Barrett at 10, along with flanker Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita.

Jordie Barrett is being rested for the match.

The Brumbies take on the Hurricanes in Palmerston North on Friday March 1, kicking off at 5:35pm AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO.

TEAM

IN: David Pocock, Darcy Swain

OUT: Sam Carter, Rob Valetini

1. Scott Sio

2. Folau Fainga’a

3. Allan Alaalatoa

4. Rory Arnold

5. Blake Enever

6. Pete Samu

7. David Pocock

8. Lachlan McCaffrey

9. Joe Powell

10. Christian Lealiifano

11. Chance Peni

12. Irae Simone

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Andy Muirhead

15. Tom Banks

Reserves

16. Josh Mann-Rea

17. James Slipper

18. Leslie Leauluaialii-Makin

19. Darcy Swain

20. Tom Cusack

21. Matt Lucas

22. Wharenui Hawera

23. Tom Wright

Hurricanes to face Brumbies

IN: Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Chase Tiatia, Richard Judd

OUT:  Gareth Evans, Finlay Christie, Fletcher Smith, Jordie Barrett, Sam Henwood

1. Chris Eves

2. Dane Coles

3. Ben May

4. James Blackwell

5. Liam Mitchell

6. Vaea Fifita

7. Du'Plessis Kirifi

8. Ardie Savea

9. TJ Perenara

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Ben Lam

12. Ngani Laumape

13. Matt Proctor

14. Vince Aso

15. Chase Tiatia

Reserves

16. Ricky Riccitelli

17. Xavier Numia

18. Jeff To'omaga-Allen

19. Isaia Walker-Leawere

20. Reed Prinsep

21. Richard Judd

22. Jackson Garden-Bachop

23. Wes Goosen