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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Sio returns for Brumbies clash with Rebels

Veteran Brumbies prop Scott Sio will make his first Super Rugby appearance this season against the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium on Saturday, 6 March at 7.45pm.

His inclusion is the only change to the Brumbies starting side that are coming off a record-breaking victory over the Waratahs last weekend.

The defending champions sit on top of the Super Rugby AU ladder and will be looking to make it three wins on the trot to start 2021.

Also making his return to the gameday squad is outside back Solomone Kata who will get his first action off the bench.  

Former Junior All Black James Tucker has also been included on the bench and is in line to become Brumby number 230.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Sio, Kata and Tucker are all ready to go.

“Scotty’s prepared well and got 60 minutes last week with the Runners and Lloydy’s been very good off the bench after a really strong preseason,” said McKellar.

“Sol Kata’s the same, he played in the Runners game and will get a chance off the bench and James Tucker is looking at his first game for the Brumbies which is a great story.

“He’s had to face and deal with a lot of adversity injury wise so I’m really pleased he’s back playing Super Rugby.”

Meanwhile, their opponents, the Rebels, have made four changes to the side that lost to the Queensland Reds by two-points in their first game of the season last week.

James Hanson, Josh Kemeny and Ross Haylett-Petty come into a new look forward pack, while Lucio Sordoni will make his Rebels debut off the bench.

Former Brumbies Joe Powell and Matt To’omua makeup a formidable halves pairing for the Melbourne club.

Full Brumbies and Rebels teams

BrumbiesRebels
1Scott Sio1Cabous Eloff 
2Connal McInerney2James Hanson 
3Allan Alaalatoa (c)3Pone Faamausili 
4Darcy Swain4Ross Haylett-Petty
5Cadeyrn Neville5Trevor Hosea
6Rob Valetini6Joshua Kemeny
7Jahrome Brown7Richard Hardwick
8Pete Samu8Michael Wells
9Nic White9Joe Powell
10Noah Lolesio10Matt To’omua (C) 
11Mack Hansen11Marika Koroibete
12Irae Simone12Reece Hodge
13Len Ikitau13Stacey Ili
14Andy Muirhead14Lachlan Anderson
15Tom Banks15Tom Pincus
ReplacementsReplacements
16Lachlan Lonergan16Ed Craig
17Harry Lloyd17Isaac Aedo Kailea
18Tom Ross18Lucio Sordoni
19James Tucker19Steve Cummins
20Tom Cusack20Robert Leota
21Ryan Lonergan21(James Tuttle/Brad Wilkin/Tom Nowlan)
22Reesjan Pasitoa22Frank Lomani
23Solomone Kata23Glen Vaihu

The match will be shown live on 9Gem and Stan Sport.

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