Alexander & Carter start for Brumbies against Tahs

The Brumbies have named their team to play the Waratahs in Canberra on Friday and brought back Ben Alexander and Sam Carter to the starting line up.

Carter missed last week’s win over the Highlanders after being given personal leave while Alexander started from the bench.

Their elevation sends Blake Enever and Ruan Smith to the bench while Rory Arnold drops out of the match day 23. On the bench James Dargaville makes an early return from injury to the match day 23, forcing Rodney Iona out of the squad.

Dargaville’s inclusion on the bench comes after he has improved to full contact this week, putting a lisfranc strain suffered a month ago squarely behind him.

Along with Jesse Mogg and Tevita Kuridrani, Dargaville is the third injured Brumby to return to full duties ahead of schedule during April.

Head Coach Stephen Larkham said, ‘Waratah week’ was always an exciting time of the year.

“We’re really looking forward to this match on Friday, the Waratahs have managed to win the last three encounters against us, but we have done everything right this week to change that trend,” Larkham said.

“We always have a fiery battle with them, historically there’s always a lot of passion in these games and I’m sure Friday will be no different.”

Brumbies

1. JP Smith , 2. Stephen Moore (C) , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Jordan Smiler , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. David Pocock , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Michael Dowsett , 10. Christian Lealiifano , 11. Joe Tomane , 12. Robbie Coleman , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Allan Alaalatoa , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Blake Enever , 20. Jarrad Butler , 21. Joe Powell , 22. James Dargaville , 23. Nigel Ah Wong

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