James Slipper is set to return to the Brumbies starting team, with Nic White named to lead the side against the Western Force this Friday night, 26 March at GIO Stadium.
White has skippered the side twice previously, becoming the youngest ever Brumbies captain when he led the team out against the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium in 2013 at just 22 years of age.
With the Brumbies front row stockes depleted due to injuries, Slipper swap sides at scrum time to anchor the Brumbies set piece from tighthead.
Joining the Wallabies prop in the starting front-row for the first time is Brumbies pathways loosehead prop Harry Lloyd, with Folau Fainga’a at hooker.
Darcy Swain and Cadeyrn Neville will form the second row pairing once again.
Rob Valetini and Pete Samu start at blindside flanker and number eight respectively, the latter having scored a double last time out against the Queensland Reds.
Jahrome Brown is the only inclusion to the Brumbies backrow, with Tom Cusack ruled out through injury.
In the backs, White continues his partnership with Noah Lolesio in the halves.
An unchanged remaining backline sees Irae Simone and Len Ikitau continue their growing combination in the centres.
The Brumbies back three of Mack Hansen, Andy Muirhead and Tom Banks completes the starting side.
There are a number of potential Brumbies debutants on the bench, including newly arrived tighthead Sefo Kautai.
Providing impact on the other side of the scrum will be Brumbies pathways prop Fred Kaihea who has been promoted to the senior squad as injury cover.
The 21-year-old loosehead trained with the squad through preseason and has produced a number of eye-catching displays for the Brumbies Runners and with the Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup.
Hooker Lachlan Lonergan completes the front-row finishers, the ACT product one of 12 Brumbies pathways graduates in the matchday selection.
Lock James Tucker returns to the Brumbies playing 23, with Canberra local Rory Scott set to make his first appearance for the club as the backrow finisher. The 20-year-old Marist College and Brumbies Pathways product has impressed at club level for the Canberra Royals and with the Brumbies Runners in recent years.
Vice-captain Ryan Lonergan will be the Brumbies finishing halfback, with teenage playmaker Reesjan Pasitoa and the electric Issak Fines-Leleiwasa completing the Brumbies selection.
Meanwhile, the Force have named a similar team to the one that narrowly lost to the ladder leading Queensland Reds last week.
Winger Marcel Brache and fullback Jack McGregor are the only two inclusions to their starting side, replacing the injured Rob Kearney and Richard Kahui.
Full Brumbies and Force teams
|1||Harry Lloyd||1||Tom Robertson|
|2||Folau Fainga’a||2||Feleti Kaitu’u|
|3||James Slipper||3||Greg Holmes|
|4||Darcy Swain||4||Sitaleki Timani|
|5||Cadeyrn Neville||5||Jeremy Thrush|
|6||Rob Valenti||6||Fergus Lee-Warner|
|7||Jahrome Brown||7||Kane Koteka|
|8||Pete Samu||8||Brynard Standard (C)|
|9||Nic White (C)||9||Tomas Cubelli|
|10||Noah Lolesio||10||Jake McIntyre|
|11||Mack Hansen||11||Marcel Brache|
|12||Irae Simone||12||Henry Taefu|
|13||Len Ikitau||13||Tevita Kuridrani|
|14||Andy Muirhead||14||Byron Ralston|
|15||Tom Banks||15||Jack McGregor|
|16||Lachlan Lonergan||16||Jack Winchester|
|17||Fred Kaihea||17||Angus Wagner|
|18||Sefo Kautai||18||Santiago Medrano|
|19||James Tucker||19||Ryan McCauley|
|20||Rory Scott||20||Tim Anstee|
|21||Ryan Lonergan||21||Ian Prior|
|22||Reesjan Pasitoa||22||Jono Lance|
|23||Issak Fines-Leleiwasa||23||Jordan Olowofela|
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