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Tomane out, Kuridrani in for Brumbies

27th February 2014 04:26

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TEVITA KURIDRANI BRUMBIES LIONS

Starting: Tevita Kuridrani

The Brumbies have made two changes to their line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Western Force at nib Stadium in Perth.

Wallabies outside centre Tevita Kuridrani has been injected back into the XV, replacing Andrew Smith, while Robbie Coleman takes over from wing Joseph Tomane, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

Despite going down 27-17 to the Reds in Canberra in last week's season opener, the Brumbies have opted for minimal changes as the the forward pack remains unchanged with Wallabies flank David Pocock returning to Perth for the first time to face his former team-mates.

Kuridrani played off the bench last weekend in what was his first game back since receiving a five match suspension for a tip tackle in the Test against Ireland and is a straight swap with Smith.

The Brumbies are hopeful Coleman will be fit to play having suffering a head knock in an ACT XV game last weekend, which will keep him out of training until Friday. Veteran wing Clyde Rathbone is on standby.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements:16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Leon Power, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Lionel Cronje

Date: Saturday, March 1
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19:00 local (11:00 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)

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