Brumbies name unchanged XV

24th Jul 2014, 04:54

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Key Brumbies: Henry Speight and Christian Lealiifano

Key Brumbies: Henry Speight and Christian Lealiifano

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's all-Australian Super Rugby semi-final against the Waratahs in Sydney.


The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's all-Australian Super Rugby semi-final against the Waratahs in Sydney.

It's the first time since the break the Brumbies have been able to rename and unchanged line-up, with the entire squad pulling through last week's win over the Chiefs unscathed and ready to roll.

Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher said the game promised to be one remembered for many years to come.

"To have got through last weekend injury free, it's great for us to be playing again this weekend to maintain momentum," said Fisher.

"The result won't be determined by who's favourite. The result will be decided by who the better team on the night. There's an intense rivalry which has been there since the competition started and I'm expecting a fierce clash of bodies this weekend.

"We've got Josh Mann-Rea and Sammy Carter back for this game. We were comfortable with where our set piece was last week against the Chiefs. I expect those areas to work in our favour again this weekend."

It's been a tight tussle with the Waratahs over the last two or three years, with two wins each since the end of 2012. Neither side has managed to win away from home over that period, but with a victory in Sydney in 2012 which the majority of the Brumbies squad were a part of, history is on the Brumbies' side.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Leon Power, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Ruaidhri Murphy, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Joe Tomane, 23 Pat McCabe.

Date: Saturday 26 July 2014
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19:40 local (21:40 NZT, 11:40 SAST, 09:40 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert, James Leckie