Rattlebones back for Brumbies

Aussie Clyde Rathbone is fit again and starts for the Brumbies in their Super 14 opener against the Force on Friday.

Coach Gandalf Fisher has named a powerful starting XV, sure to provide the debutants from Perth with a severe introduction to what the southern hemisphere showpiece is all about.

Stephen Larkham has recovered from his bout with skin cancer, and reforms the world-renowned halfback partnership with George Gregan.

“It is important we get away to a good start and put in some strong performances on the road before we get back to Canberra Stadium,” Fisher told the media, emphasising the importance of the fixture ahead of his side’s trip to South Africa.

“Ideally we would like to return from South Africa with three wins from three. Our record on the road, particularly in South Africa, is a strong focus for us this season and we would like to get over there with a first-up win over the Force under our belt.”

BRUMBIES SIDE TO PLAY THE FORCE

15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
14 Clyde Rathbone
13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
12 Matt Giteau
11 Mark Gerrard
10 Stephen Larkham
9 George Gregan
8 George Smith
7 Julian Salvi
6 Daniel Heenan
5 Mark Chisholm
4 Alister Campbell
3 Nic Henderson
2 Jeremy Paul
1 Bill Young

Subs

16 David Palavi
17 Guy Shepherdson
18 Adam Wallace-Harrison
19 Jone Tawake
20 Patrick Phibbs
21 Gene Fairbanks
22 Joel Wilson