Brumbies named to bring down the wounded Reds

johnboy 5 April 2012

The Brumbies have announced their side for Friday’s game against the crippled champions from Queensland.

The strongest backline appears to have been picked, with big Ita Vaea starting the game, presumably to keep the Reds feeling smashed.

Great to see Dan Palmer starting again as his presence was sorely missed against the Sharks.

    University of Canberra Brumbies
    1. Ben Alexander
    2. Stephen Moore
    3. Dan Palmer
    4. Leon Power
    5. Sam Carter
    6. Peter Kimlin
    7. Ita Vaea
    8. Ben Mowen
    9. Nic White
    10. Christian Lealiifano
    11. Joe Tomane
    12. Pat McCabe
    13. Andrew Smith
    14. Henry Speight
    15. Jesse Mogg

    16. Anthony Hegarty
    17. Ruaidhri Murphy
    18. Scott Fardy
    19. Michael Hooper
    20. Ian Prior
    21. Zack Holmes
    22. Tevita Kuridrani

Fun facts from the media release:

• The University of Canberra Brumbies have a proud record against Queensland, having lost just two games since 1996
• The University of Canberra Brumbies have never been beaten at Suncorp Stadium
• The Reds need to win both this fixture and the return leg in Canberra to win back the Rod Macqueen Cup
• The only time the University of Canberra Brumbies have lost in Brisbane was at Ballymore in 1999 – the score that day was 19-18
• In 2011 the Reds lost just one game at Suncorp Stadium and that was to the University of Canberra Brumbies 22-14
• One of the two losses suffered by the University of Canberra Brumbies in this fixture was in 2011 at Canberra Stadium, despite outscoring the Reds four tries to one
• The Reds have not lost four games in a row since 2009
• Eight of the University of Canberra Brumbies 22-man squad has links to Queensland rugby


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