Brumbies unchanged for the Reds in Brisbane

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has named an unchanged starting side for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The absence of new injuries has allowed coach Larkham to name same starting side for three straight weeks.

Lausii Taliauli maintains his spot on the bench due to an ongoing ear infection which kept Jesse Mogg out of the 23-man squad just before kick-off against the Force.

Fly-half Matt Toomua said it was a good opportunity for his side to work on combinations through the first half of the season.

“With the same combinations developing week on week, we’ll certainly start to see continuity and cohesion across the field,” Toomua said.

“The Reds always present us with one of our biggest challenges each year, particularly when the game is being played in Brisbane in front of their parochial crowd.

“These are the games you look forward to though, there is a great rivalry developing between the Reds and the Brumbies and hopefully we see a bit of that passion and enthusiasm on the pitch this Saturday.”

The Reds have a disappointing record against the Brumbies in Brisbane, having won just two games there since 1996.

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore (c), 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Rory Arnold , 5. Sam Carter, 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Jarrad Butler, 8. Ita Vaea, 9. Nic White, 10. Matt Toomua, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Robbie Coleman

Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. JP Smith, 19. Jordan Smiler, 20. Blake Enever, 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. Lausii Taliauli, 23. James Dargaville

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