Super Rugby AU Final Teams: O'Connor named captain, Brumbies lose Wallabies

Wed, 05/05/2021, 06:55 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
All the team news for the Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU Final. Photos: Getty Images

The Super Rugby AU Final is here with the Queensland Reds set to host the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on May 8.

Both teams are under significant injury clouds after a grueling season, with a packed-out crowd set to watch the blockbuster.

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The Reds have opted for a surprise captaincy shift as back-rower Liam Wright returns to the bench.

James O'Connor takes over the captaincy, with Ryan Smith returning to the starting side, pushing Angus Scott-Young to his preferred flanker position.

Josh Flook comes into the centres in place of Hunter Paisami (facial fracture), with Paisami set to miss the next three weeks.

Jock Campbell has overcome a hamstring injury and returns to the wing.

Meanwhile, the Brumbies' physical Qualifying Final win over the Western Force has taken its toll, with Pete Samu and James Slipper ruled out.

Scott Sio and Nick Frost enter the starting side, with powerhouse back-rower Rob Valetini moving to number eight.

Harry Lloyd and former Force back-rower Henry Stowers are the new men on the bench.

REDS (1-15): Feao Fotuaika, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O'Connor (c), Jock Campbell, Hamish Stewart, Josh Flook, Jordan Petaia, Bryce Hegarty

Reserves: Alex Mafi, Dane Zander, Zane Nonggorr, Seru Uru, Liam Wright, Kalani Thomas, Isaac Henry, Filipo Daugunu

INs: Jock Campbell, Dane Zander, Isaac Henry,

OUTs: Hunter Paisami, Richie Asiata, Ilaisa Droasese

BRUMBIES (1-15): Scott Sio, Lachlan Lonergan, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Nick Frost, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks

Reserves: Folau Fainga'a, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Henry Stowers, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen

INs: Henry Stowers, Harry Lloyd

OUTs: Pete Samu, James Slipper

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