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Giteau to hit 100 – Matt Giteau will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance when he starts for the Brumbies against the Lions in Canberra on Saturday.
The flyhalf has played 62 games for the Brumbies and 37 for the Western Force. Giteau will become the third Brumbies-developed player to achieve 100 caps after George Gregan and Stephen Larkham.
Changes to the squad see Jono Owen penciled in at tighthead prop, but Dan Palmer will undergo a late fitness test and could still make the starting line-up. Lock Ben Hand is rotated with Mark Chilsom, who drops to the bench.
Brumbies – 15 Pat McCabe, 14 Andrew Smith, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Mitch Chapman, 5 Ben Hand, 4 Peter Krimlin, 3 Jono Owen, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Subs: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Henry Speight.
Huxley spearheads Rebels – Julian Huxley will play flyhalf when the Rebels tackle the Bulls in Pretoria.
Following the axing of Danny Cipriani and the knee injury to James Hilgendorf, Huxley has been called upon to lead the Rebels’ backline. Richard Kingi will take his place at fullback. Luke Rooney replaces Peter Betham on the left wing while Afusipa Taumoepeau moves to centre in place of the injured Mark Gerrard.
The only change to the forwards sees Heath Tessmann starting ahead of Ged Robinson at hooker.
Rebels – 15 Richard Kingi, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12 Stirling Mortlock (c), 11 Luke Rooney, 10 Julian Huxley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Hoani Macdonald, 5 Alastair Campbell, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Nic Henderson.
Subs: 16 Laurie Weeks, 17 Ged Robinson, 18 Kevin O’Neill, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Tim Davidson, 21 Peter Betham, 22 Cooper Vuna.
Brumbies lose Hoiles – Stephen Hoiles has ruled himself out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season due to ongoing problems with his Achilles tendon.
Hoiles captained the Brumbies for just 20 minutes in their opening clash against the Chiefs, before leaving the field. He hoped to be back later in the campaign, but it’s been confirmed that he will only start running next month.
Hoiles will make his comeback in club rugby later this year.