White wields the axe

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

White wields the axe

Jake White has made sweeping changes to the Brumbies fifteen that drew with the Kings last week in an attempt to get back their winning feeling after a loss and a draw in three weeks.

Jesse Mogg finally returns at fullback, while Matt Toomua takes back his flyhalf jersey. Christian Lealiifano shifts back to the midfield to join Andrew Smith while Pat McCabe drops to the bench.

Amongst the forwards, Jordan Smiler is named on the sode of the scrum, making his Super Rugby debut. Smiler was born in New Zealand but has represented both Australia and New Zealand in Sevens. Smiler is in for the injured Scott Fardy.

Other changes see the return of Stephen Moore and Sam Carter to the starting fifteen, while Ben Mowen shifts back to eighthman.

Brumbies: 15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joseph Tomane, 10. Matt Toomua, 9.Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen, 7. George Smith, 6. Jordan Smiler, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Peter Kimlin, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander. Substitutes: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Fotu Auelua, 19. Colby Faingaa, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Pat McCabe, 22. Tevita Kuridrani.