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McCabe to return for Brumbies

10th February 2014 06:08


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Healthy: Pat McCabe

Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher has revealed Pat McCabe will return for Friday's pre-season clash against an ACT XV.

McCabe lasted only 15 minutes in his first game back from seven months out with a neck injury against the Highlanders back in January, but is now ready to return.

Wallaby star Christian Leali'ifano is out due to an ankle injury, meaning the Brumbies need an option at inside centre with McCabe fitting the bill.

Fisher also added that Henry Speight would be fit the for the season opener against the Reds despite bruising his ribs.

"With Christian out for a small period of time, Pat McCabe will play next week,'' Fisher told Rugby Heaven.

''We need to see how Pat goes, we need options.

''[Speight] was X-rayed last night and it cleared him of any damage, so it looks like just bruising,'' Fisher said.

'There's some discomfort, we're likely to rest him next week and by all accounts he'll be 100 per cent ready for game one.

"He's an unbelievable athlete. He doesn't need to play much rugby, he just needs to have his head in the right place.''

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