Kimlin starts as Brumbies change two

The CA Brumbies have made two changes to their squad to play the Stormers in their Easter Saturday Super 14 Week Nine clash at Canberra Stadium.

Peter Kimlin (pictured) returns to the CA Brumbies’ starting line-up after scoring a try off the bench in his side’s 40-27 win over the Cheetahs at Vodacom Park last weekend.


Kimlin replaces lock Mark Chisholm who will miss the remainder of the regular Super 14 season after suffering a dislocation in his right wrist in Bloemfontein last Saturday.

Kimlin’s promotion to the run-on side makes way for flanker Henry Vanderglas, who is set to make his Super 14 debut off the bench. Vanderglas was admitted to the Brumbies Academy at the end of 2008 after a stellar season for Easts in Canberra’s John I Dent Cup.

The 23-year-old has been a regular in the Australian Sevens squad during 2009, including recently returning from the national side’s quarter-final finish during last weekend’s Adelaide Sevens tournament.

CA Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend says the match provides a great opportunity for both Kimlin and Vanderglas. “Pete’s been very solid for us off the bench this season,” he said.

“It’s disappointing to lose Mark [Chisholm] for the season but this provides a great opportunity for Peter to show what he can do against a fresh defensive line. He’s a very dynamic footballer and a good athlete and we’ll be looking to him to have an impact from the outset.

“As for Henry, he’s a great character and a talented footballer. His attitude towards his rugby is first class. He’s extremely fit, he reads the game extremely well and he’s always keen to get in there and have a go.

He’s not the sort of person to be overawed by a situation – I think that’s been demonstrated by his performances for the Australian Sevens – and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he rises to the challenge against one of the best back rows in the competition.”

The CA Brumbies will also pay tribute to Shawn Mackay on Saturday after the lock passed away on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest in a Durban hospital brought on by a blood infection. Mackay was admitted to St Augustine’s Hospital on Sunday, 29 March after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the road in the early hours of the morning.

His CA Brumbies teammates will wear black armbands for the match and for the remainder of the season while the crowd on hand at Canberra Stadium will have the opportunity to pay their respects during a ‘pause for applause’.

Friend says it is a fitting tribute for the popular member of the squad.

“We wanted to give people the opportunity to pay their respects in a way that reflected the sort of person Shawn was,” Friend said. “Shawn was a very positive and upbeat individual who had an enthusiastic and genuine approach to life. As a result we thought that a positive celebration of Shawn’s life was more appropriate than a sombre one.

“I spoke to [Shawn’s father] John Mackay this week who told me that the only thing the family asked was that we win this weekend against the Stormers. It has been a challenging week for Brumbies Rugby but adversity like this can often galvanise a group and we’ll be doing our utmost to ensure that we fulfill the Mackay’s wish on Saturday.”

Further tributes to Mackay will be announced in the coming weeks.

CA Brumbies v Stormers
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday, 11 March 2009
Kick-off: 5.30pm

1. Ben Alexander 2. Stephen Moore 3. Guy Shepherson 4. Ben Hand 5. Peter Kimlin 6. Mitchell Chapman 7. George Smith (c) 8. Julian Salvi 9. Joshua Holmes 10. Christian Lealiifano 11. Alfi Mafi 12. Tyrone Smith 13. Stirling Mortlock 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper 15. Mark Gerrard

Reserves:16. Huia Edmonds 17. Salesi Ma’afu 18. Sitaleki Timani 19. Henry Vanderglas 20. Patrick Phibbs 21. Gene Fairbanks 22. Francis Fai

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