Brumbies name young side

Date published: February 23 2017

The Brumbies have named their starting XV for the Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Seven players are in line to make their Brumbies debut with four named in the starting line-up.

Prop Nic Mayhew, Flanker Chris Alcock, Fly-half Wharenui Hawera and Centre Kyle Godwin will all pull on the jersey for their maiden appearance with Lolo Fakaosilea, De Wet Roos and Isaac Thompson named amongst the replacements.

Sam Carter will lead the team for the first time in a competitive match in a side that contains eight Wallabies in the run-on team.

Carter is part of a strong looking pack, forming an all-international second-row pairing with Rory Arnold, behind a front-row of Mayhew, the experienced Josh Mann-Rea and Wallaby lynchpin Allan Alaalatoa.

There’s a youthful look to the half-back pairing with 22-year-old Joe Powell lining up alongside 23-year-old New Zealand born fly-half Hawera, who will take on the play-maker role with the Brumbies newest Wallaby cap, Godwin, at inside centre.

Flyers Henry Speight, Aidan Toua and James Dargaville add pace and acceleration into the back three with the counter-attacking ability of the trio a huge plus against a Crusaders team who are always a tough assignment on their own turf.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Dewet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson.

Date: Saturday, February 25
Venue: AMI Stadium
Kick-off: 19:35 local (06:35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)