Toomua in late change for Brumbies

Date published: June 19 2015

Matt Toomua has proved his fitness ahead of tomorrow’s Super Rugby Qualifier against the Stormers in Cape Town and will start the match for the Brumbies.

Toomua will line up at inside centre after playing 28 minutes off the bench in last week’s 37-24 loss to the Crusaders.

The  24-year-old’s return is a boost for the Brumbies. After initially being named as a reserve, Toomua made it through this week’s training sessions without incident and proved his injured ankle has recovered in time for the match.

“Matty’s got through the week really well,” Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham said.

“He trained really well on Wednesday, did both sessions and pulled up well yesterday. We got him out here for the Captain’s Run today and he’s looking really good, so we’re going to start him.”

Toomua’s return to the starting 15 means Robbie Coleman moves to the bench.

In another change, utility back Nigel Ah Wong will replace James Dargaville as a reserve in the 23-man playing squad.

“Robbie goes back to the bench, Nigel comes into the bench meaning James Dargaville will sit out of the 23 this week and Nigel will get his chance,” Larkham said.

Brumbies (revised): 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 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 Robbie Coleman, 23 Nigel Ah Wong

Date: Saturday, June 20
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT, 01:05 AEST, 03:05 NZST)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Craig Joubert, Jason Jaftha
TMO: Deon van Blommestein