Brumbies v Rebels - Super Rugby match preview
Last Updated: 07/06/13 5:52pm
The Brumbies have made five changes for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Canberra.
Pat McCabe returns at inside centre, while Clyde Rathbone, Leon Power, Dan Palmer and Siliva Siliva also start - with head coach Jake White rejigging his side to cover international call-ups and injury.
There are also two positional changes in the back-row, with Scott Fardy moving to the blindside and Peter Kimlin switching to No 8.
Josh Mann-Rea, Etienne Oosthuizen and Zack Holmes are added to the bench to provide cover.
The Rebels have also rung the changes for the derby - with injuries and call-ups by the Wallabies hampering their preparations.
Scott Higginbotham, Hugh Pyle and Jarrod Saffy are among those sidelined through injury, while James O'Connor and Nick Phipps are part of the Australia training squad. Shota Horie is also involved in Japan squad.
Gareth Delve, Luke Jones, Jordy Reid, Nic Stirzaker and Bryce Hegarty all come into the starting XV.
Former Wallabies scrum-half Luke Burgess, loose forward James King and hooker Pat Leafa are all poised to make their first appearances for the Rebels off the bench, while Tim Davison is included in the squad for the first time this season.
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White (c), 8 Peter Kimlin, 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Zack Holmes.
Rebels:15 Jason Woodward 14 Tom English 13 Mitch Inman 12 Rory Sidey 11 Lachlan Mitchell 10 Bryce Hegarty 9 Nic Stirzaker 8 Gareth Delve 7 Scott Fuglistaller 6 Jordy Reid 5 Luke Jones 4 Cadeyrn Neville 3 Laurie Weeks 2 Ged Robinson 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa 17 Paul Alo-Emile 18 James King 19 Tim Davidson 20 Luke Burgess 21 James Hilgendorf 22 Kimami Sitauti
Super Rugby 2013 Round 17
The Waratahs kept their slim play-off hopes alive by beating Australian rivals Western Force 28-13 in Perth on Sunday.
The Brumbies beat the rebels 39-17 to secure a bonus-point win and end an eight-year finals drought.
The Brumbies ran in six tries as they completed a comprehensive 39-17 victory over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.