Pocock returns for Brumbies to face Waratahs

The Brumbies have named their team to play in Sunday’s Australian Super Rugby derby against the Waratahs in Sydney and David Pocock returns to the team on the replacements bench.

Pocock featured for the Brumbies in Round one this year but has missed every week since then but has now recovered from his syndesmosis injury and is the only change in a 23 man-squad named to tackle the reigning champs.

For the third-straight week the Brumbies have named an unchanged starting side. Head Coach Stephen Larkham’s backline has remained consistent since round one and Captain Stephen Moore is back in the driver’s seat for his third straight game as skipper.

Moore said it was the sort of consistency his side needed to get a result in Sydney.

“It certainly helps having consistency through the group week in, week out. Bringing David off the bench is exciting not only for him but for the rest of the boys, we all enjoy playing with him,” Moore said.

“This is a big game in the context of our season. They are the current champions and to knock them off at home would be huge for us moving into to the middle of our season.”

Of the 25 times this fixture has been played, the Brumbies have managed 11 wins but only two have been away from Canberra.

At the Sydney Football Stadium the Waratahs have fallen just once to the Brumbies, way back in 2002, and they rubber stamped their authority there last year with an emphatic, 26-8 win.

A Semi-Final, the loss knocked the Brumbies out of contention for the Super Rugby Final which the Waratahs managed to clinch against the Crusaders just a week later.

The Brumbies last win in Sydney came in 2012.

Brumbies

1. Ben Alexander , 2. Stephen Moore (c) , 3. Scott Sio , 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. Jean-Pierre Smith , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. David Pocock , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. James Dargaville , 23. Lausii Taliauli

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