Faingaa to start for Brumbies

23rd May 2013, 06:32

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Colby Faingaa: Replaces George Smith

Colby Faingaa: Replaces George Smith

Brumbies boss Jake White has made one change to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash with the Blues in Auckland.

Brumbies boss Jake White has made one change to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash with the Blues in Auckland.

With veteran flanker George Smith ruled out with medial ligament damage, Colby Faingaa will wear the number seven jersey this weekend.

In other changes to the matchday squad, Jordan Smiler comes onto the bench as back row cover while Clyde Rathbone is also included amongst the replacements after Pat McCabe was sidelined with a knee injury.

"The players are aware of how important a win in Auckland is for the club heading into the tail end of the season and we will be working hard to regain some of the momentum we had in the early parts of the season," Head Coach Jake White said.

"Colby has been on the radar as one of Australia's best young talents for a couple of years now and we have full faith in him to have a big game this weekend. It's nice to be able to present him with this opportunity.

"When you look at our bench, to be bringing a guy like Clyde on is quite comforting because he has plenty of experience playing in big games against quality opposition. The Blues have been one of the standout teams in 2013 and it's a tough assignment to go over there and knock them off."

The 2012 match against the Blues was a heartbreaker for the Brumbies, going down without a bonus point to miss a play-off spot to the Reds.

While that game has been forgotten, the Brumbies will be focussed on securing a win on the road to ensure they are not in a similar position in three week's time.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Clyde Rathbone.

Date: Saturday, May 25
Venue: Eden Park Stadium, Auckland
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jonathon White (New Zealand), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO:Johann Meuwessen Glenn Newman (New Zealand)