Keo.co.za brings you the latest news from Australia’s Super Rugby franchises.
Cipriani starts for Rebels - An injury to James Hilgendorf has paved the way for English recruit Danny Cipriani to start for the Rebels against the Brumbies.
Cipriani came on in the eight minute of their opener against the Waratahs last week but struggled behind a pack that was taking a beating. He’ll want an improved performance in order to convince coach Rod McQueen of his aptitude for Super Rugby.
In other injury news scrumhalf Sam Cordingley misses out with a hip injury, while flanker Hoani MacDonald (hand) is another casualty.
Former Brumby Mark Gerrard starts at fullback for the Rebels, with another Canberra recruit, Julian Huxley, shifted to inside centre. The reshuffle sees Cooper Vuna move to the wing.
Rebels - 15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Julian Huxley, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Subs: 16 Heath Tessman, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Alister Campbell, 19 Tom Chamberlin, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22 Luke Rooney.