Pocock back for Aussie derby

Date published: March 19 2015

Wallabies flanker David Pocock will return via the Brumbies bench this Sunday when the team travels to Sydney to take on the Waratahs.

Pocock hasn’t featured for the Brumbies since Round One, but the former Wallabies and Brumbies captain has successfully rehabbed a syndesmosis injury and is the only change in a 23 man-squad named to tackle the reigning champs.

For the third-straight week the Brumbies have named an unchanged starting side. Head coach Stephen Larkham’s backline has remained consistent since round one and captain Stephen Moore is back in the driver’s seat for his third straight game as skipper.

Moore said it was the sort of consistency his side needed to get a result in Sydney.

“It certainly helps having consistency through the group week in, week out. Bringing David off the bench is exciting not only for him but for the rest of the boys, we all enjoy playing with him,” Moore said.

“This is a big game in the context of our season. They are the current champions and to knock them off at home would be huge for us moving into to the middle of our season.”

Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 David Pocock, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Lausii Taliauli

Date: Sunday, March 22
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 16:05 local (05:05 GMT, 18:06 NZDT, 07:05 SAST)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper, Stuart Berry (both South Africa)
TMO: George Ayoub