Brumbies make one change for the Hurricanes

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has named a team with one change for the Super Rugby Semi-Final in Wellington against the Hurricanes.

Larkham has been forced into the one change through suspension as Henry Speight’s ban has opened the door for Lausii Taliauli to start on the wing.

Taliauli is a former Australian Sevens player and appeared in the NRL’s National Youth Competition with the Gold Coast Titans.

He debuted with the Brumbies this season, and has scored one Super Rugby try from six appearances.

“Lausii is a good young player. With Henry ruled out we think he’s the right man for the job,” Larkham said.

There are no other changes named from the side that ran in six tries against the Stormers.

The match will be Brumbies Prop Scott Sio’s 50th match for the club after he made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 and at just 23 has already earned five Wallabies caps.

The powerhouse prop is concentrating on helping his side to victory against the table-topping Hurricanes.

“You look at guys like (James) Broadhurst, Ardie Savea, Ben Franks … they’ve all had stellar seasons,” Sio said.

“They’re all working for each other at the moment, which is the biggest thing we’ve noticed.”

The side has flown out for Wellington today and will hold a captain’s run at Westpac Stadium tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s match.


1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore (c) , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Rory Arnold , 5. Blake Enever , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. David Pocock , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Nic White , 10. Christian Lealiifano , 11. Joe Tomane , 12. Matt Toomua , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Lausii Taliauli , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements : 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Allan Alaalatoa , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Jarrad Butler , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. Nigel Ah Wong , 23. Robbie Coleman

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