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Alexander to front Lions heavies

Ben Alexander will make his run-on debut for the Brumbies when they face the Lions at Ellis Park.

Alexander will replace Nic Henderson and is likely to scrum against Lawrence Sephaka. Guy Shepherdson will also start after recovering from a viral infection.

With captain Stephen Hoiles out injured, Julian Salvi begins at No 8. Coach Andy Friend is yet to name a new skipper, but Stirling Mortlock and George Smith are obvious candidates.

Brumbies – Mark Gerrard, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stirling Mortlock, Tyrone Smith, Francis Fainifo, Christian Lealiifano, Joshua Holmes, Julian Salvi, George Smith, Peter Kimlin, Mark Chisholm, Ben Hand, Guy Shepherson, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander.
Subs: Huia Edmonds, Nic Henderson, Sitaleki Timani, Shawn Mackay, Patrick Phibbs, Matt Toomua, Clyde Rathbone.

Baxter back to battle Saders

Al Baxter will return from a calf injury to face the Crusaders this Saturday.

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey will also start Tom Carter at 12 as Timana Tahu was unable to train. Nineteen-year-old hooker Damien Fitzpatrick will also join the 22 in place of the injured Adam Freier.

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