Taliauli to start for Brumbies

Date published: June 25 2015

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has made one change to his starting XV for Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

With Henry Speight ruled out through suspension earlier this week, Larkham has named Lausii Taliauli to start on the wing.

Taliauli is a former Australian Sevens player and appeared in the NRL’s National Youth Competition with the Gold Coast Titans. He debuted with the Brumbies this season, and has scored one Super Rugby try from six appearances.

“Lausii is a good young player," said Larkham.

"With Henry ruled out we think he’s the right man for the job."

There is no other changes named from the side that ran in six tries in their 39-19 win over the Stormers in Cape Town last weekend.

The semi-final will be close to a sell-out at Westpac Stadium with close to 30,000 tickets already sold.

The sudden death semi-final will also be Brumbies prop Scott Sio’s 50th match for the Canberra-based franchise. Sio made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 and at just 23 has already earned five Wallabies caps. The powerhouse prop is concentrating on helping his side to victory against the table-topping Hurricanes.

"You look at guys like (James) Broadhurst, Ardie Savea, Ben Franks … they've all had stellar seasons," said Sio.

"They're all working for each other at the moment, which is the biggest thing we've noticed.”

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

Date: Saturday, June 27
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT, 09:35 SAST, 17:35 AEST)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock, Nick Briant
TMO: Ben Skeen