Banks back for Brumbies, Seru Uru boost, Tahs ring changes, Force’s Wallabies return

Wallabies fullback Tom Banks returns to the Brumbies in the one change to the facet that scored an encouraging win in opposition to Highlanders final weekend.

Banks’ return from a facial fracture means Tom Wright is again on the wing.

Scott Sio and Lachlan Lonergan retained their beginning spots over Wallaby incumbents James Slipper and Folau Fainga’a following spectacular performances.

“We’re quite lucky we’ve got to this point in the season and I feel like a lot of guys are coming off those niggle injuries and coming back into the fold and selection,” stated winger Andy Muirhead.

“It offers Dan [McKellar] a little bit of a headache however it’s the great complications you need understanding that the boys are gonna be performing just a little bit more durable on the coaching paddock to attempt to get their place again or maintain their place.

“It’s only going to do good things for us in terms of our training performances.”

Queensland Reds head coach Brad Thorn made two adjustments to his beginning XV to tackle the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night time.

Backrower Angus Scott-Younger will make his first run-on look since Spherical 2 after overcoming a knee damage, whereas Josh Flook may even return to the beginning facet on the wing instead of Filipo Daugunu.
Off the bench, abrasive lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and the dynamic Seru Uru may even return from damage as Queensland face the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium for the primary time since 2018.
Thorn stated: “After a couple of weeks away it’s good to be again residence and taking part in in entrance of our Queensland followers once more.

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“The Chiefs are a very good side. They’re coming off a big win and will provide a tough opposition on Friday night.
“There’s a big month of rugby ahead against the New Zealanders. There’s some strong competition coming up and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” stated Thorn.
Flook begins alongside Suliasi Vunivalu and Jock Campbell within the again three, as Hamish Stewart and Hunter Paisami once more mix within the centres.
Lawson Creighton will make his second Tremendous Rugby begin at flyhalf alongside captain Tate McDermott within the halves.

The Waratahs have made 4 adjustments to the beginning lineup after their powerful begin final week.

Dave Porecki and Tom Horton have each failed to beat concussion protocols with Mahe Vailanu named at hooker.

Rahboni Warren-Vosayco is the one different change to the ahead pack and can make his first begin of the season after some spectacular performances off the bench.

Will Harris has moved to the bench for what coach Darren Coleman described as a “bit of a rest”.

“We’re excited to see Rahboni get his start, he’s had an injury-affected start to the season and we’ve seen him string three games together off the bench and make a real impact,” Coleman stated.

“It’s nice to see real competitors between positions and I see that choice battle persevering with.

“This isn’t about dropping Will – he’s played a lot of big minutes over the past ten weeks, so we also see the benefit of decreasing his game time this week and giving him a bit of rest.”

Lalakai Foketi, after lacking final weekend with a household bereavement, returns to the beginning staff and resumes his devastating partnership with Izaia Perese within the midfield.

“We missed Lalakai’s presence down in Melbourne against the Chiefs,” Coleman stated.

“We’re really happy to see him back and he’ll add an extra dimension to our attack with his ball-playing ability.”

Alex Newsome, who has scored three tries in his previous two matches, returns to fullback with Will Harrison dominated out for the season with a knee damage suffered in opposition to the Chiefs.

Dylan Pietsch has been recalled to the beginning staff becoming a member of Mark Nawaqanitawase on the wings.

Wallabies trio Feleti Kaitu’u, Izack Rodda, and Tom Robertson will make their return to the matchday 23 for the Power in opposition to the Blues.

Captain Kaitu’u has absolutely recovered from a calf damage sustained at coaching a fortnight in the past and is trying ahead to main the staff in opposition to their first New Zealand opponent of the season.

Rodda returns as beginning lock after lacking the final two video games resulting from damage and being a COVID-19 shut contact, whereas prop Robertson joins the staff for the primary time since Spherical 4 the place he sustained a calf damage in opposition to the Waratahs.

Bayley Kuenzle will pair up with Kyle Godwin in midfield after a late change dominated Kuenzle out from the Power’s final recreation in opposition to the Waratahs two weeks in the past.

Former Chiefs participant Toni Pulu will return to the beginning facet on the wing alongside Manasa Mataele.

Identified for his fast considering and velocity, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa returns to the beginning line-up at scrum-half, with Ian Prior transferring to the bench.

Tremendous Rugby Pacific Spherical 11 groups (ALL TIMES AEST)

Queensland Reds vs Chiefs

Friday, Suncorp Stadium, 7:45pm

Reds (1-15): Harry Hoopert, Richie Asiata, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Angus Blyth, Angus Scott-Younger, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott (c), Lawson Creighton, Josh Flook, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell.

Reserves: Matt Faessler, Dane Zander, Feao Fotuaika, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Seru Uru, Kalani Thomas, Filipo Daugunu, Mac Grealy.

Chiefs (1-15): Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Angus Ta’avao, Josh Lord, Tupou Vaa’i, Luke Jacobson (c), Kaylum Boshier, Pita Gus Sowakula, Cortez Ratima, Bryn Gatland, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Pohipi, Alex Nankivell, Jonah Lowe, Chase Tiatia.

Reserves: Bradley Slater, Atu Moli, George Dyer, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Samipeni Finau, Mitch Brown, Xavier Roe, Rivez Reihana.

Western Power vs Blues

Friday, HBF Park, 10pm

Power (1-15): Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u (c), Santiago Medrano, Ryan McCauley, Izack Rodda, Fergus Lee-Warner, Kane Koteka, Ollie Callan, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Reesjan Pasitoa, Manasa Mataele, Bayley Kuenzle, Kyle Godwin, Toni Pulu, Jake Strachan/Jake McIntyre.

Reserves: Andrew Prepared, Bo Abra, Greg Holmes, Jeremy Thrush, Tim Anstee, Alex Masibaka, Ian Prior, Richard Kahui.

Blues TBC

Fijian Drua vs Highlanders

Saturday, ANZ Nationwide Stadium (Suva), 2:35pm

Fiji TBC

Highlanders TBC

Leicester Fainga'anuku of the Crusaders celebrates his try.

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NSW Waratahs vs Crusaders

Saturday, Leichhardt Oval, 5:05pm

Waratahs (1-15): Angus Bell, Mahe Vailanu, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jed Holloway, Hugh Sinclair, Charlie Gamble, Michael Hooper, Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Jake Gordon, Tane Edmed, Dylan Pietsch, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Alex Newsome.

Reserves: Tetera Faulkner, Archer Holz, Geoff Cridge, Will Harris, Jack Grant, Ben Donaldson, James Ramm

Crusaders TBC

Melbourne Rebels vs Moana Pasifika

Saturday, AAMI Park, 7:45pm

Rebels (1-15): Cameron Orr, James Hanson, Cabous Eloff, Matt Philip, Rob Leota, Brad Wilkin, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells (c), James Tuttle, Carter Gordon, Glen Vaihu, Ray Nu’u, Stacey Ili, Andrew Kellaway, Reece Hodge.

Reserves: Efi Ma’afu, Matt Gibbon, Pone Fa’amausili, Josh Hill, Tamati Ioane, Joe Powell, Nick Jooste, George Value.

Moana TBC

Brumbies vs Hurricanes

Sunday, GIO Stadium, 2pm


BRUMBIES (1-15): Scott Sio, Lachlan Lonergan, Sefo Kautai, Darcy Swain, Caderyn Neville, Rob Valetini, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White (c), Noah Lolesio, Andy Muirhead, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Tom Wright, Tom Banks.

Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Hudson Creighton, Ollie Sapsford.

Hurricanes (1-15): Pouri Rakete-Stones, James O’Reilly, Tyrel Lomax, James Blackwell, Justin Sangster, TK Howden, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea (c), TJ Perenara, Jackson Backyard-Bachop, Salesi Rayasi, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan, Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett.

Reserves: Kianu Kereru-Symes, Xavier Numia, Tevita Mafileo, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Caleb Delany, Jamie Sales space, Aidan Morgan, Billy Proctor.

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