Brumbies make one change for Sunwolves

James Slipper replaces Wallabies teammate Scott Sio at tighthead prop for the Brumbies, who are chasing four straight wins in their clash against the Sunwolves.

JAMES SLIPPER of the Reds iin action during the Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Reds at University of Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.
JAMES SLIPPER of the Reds iin action during the Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Reds at University of Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia. Picture: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

The Brumbies have made just one rotation-forced change to their starting side to face the Sunwolves on Saturday as they chase four straight Super Rugby wins for the first time since 2016.

Wallabies veteran James Slipper replaces Scott Sio at tighthead as the Brumbies look to extend their lead in the Australian conference.

The backline remains unchanged after running in eight tries in their past two games, with winger Henry Speight and centre Tevita Kuridrani keen to continue their charge back into Australian jumpers.

Five-eighth Christian Lealiifano is also in a rich vein of form and will want to impress in Japan, where the World Cup will kick off in September.

Test locks Sam Carter and Rory Arnold will pack down together, while revelation flanker Jahrome Brown keeps his spot despite Lachlan McCaffrey's return.

McCaffrey comes back via the bench after six weeks out with a knee injury that halted his charge as a potential Wallabies bolter.

The back-rower returns at the expense of Murray Douglas, while halfback Matt Lucas has forced his way back onto the pine for youngster Ryan Lonergan.

BRUMBIES: Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Toni Pulu, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Pete Samu, Jagrome Brown, Tom Cusack, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Faingaa, James Slipper. RESERVES: Connal McInerney, Scott Sio, Les Makin, Darcy Swain, Lachlan McCaffrey, Rob Valetini, Matt Lucas, Tom Wright.


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