Brumbies’ booze ban

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Brumbies’ booze ban

Jake White and his Brumbies charges have gone for sporadic booze bans in an attempt to get to the Super Rugby playoffs this year.

The Brumbies apparently chose to stay away from alcohol for the first two weeks of Super Rugby, which got them two wins from two starts. They have opted to enforce a similar ban whilst in South Africa, their toughest test of the season to date .

Captain Ben Mowen has revealed that he is on a self-imposed booze ban for the entire Super Rugby season, and his team mates have followed his lead in joining him for the two weeks in the Republic.

Genia return confirmed

Will Genia will lead out the Reds for the first time this year, returning from a knee injury that he picked up last year. Genia’s return forces Nick Frisby to the bench while Ben Lucas misses out altogether.

The standing down of Digny Ioane and the injury to Dom Shipperley have forced changes to the backline. Luke Morahan gets his first start while Chris Feauai-Sautia plays on the left wing.

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Ed O’Donoghue, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes. Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Aidan Toua.