Brumbies Super W skipper Shellie Milward is back into the starting XV and is eager to get back on the paddock in search of the Brumbies first victory.
Milward said she was itching to get back on to the field to help the team chase the evasive W and to visit Melbourne for the first time.
The Brumbies backrower was forced to sit on the sideline last week with an injury, and even though she ran water and messages for the girls, she was left pulling her hair on the sideline.
“Sitting on the bench nearly killed me. I think I lost my voice and nearly my mind sitting on the sideline last week, but it is a good perspective and good to sit there and take away some things to help the team at halftime with some pointers and going forward,” Milward said.
“On the sideline, you do get the opportunity to open up and see where circumstances may arise and opportunities pop up. It does get you to take the blinkers off and have a look around.”
The Brumbies will be looking for their first win in the Super W when they travel to Melbourne to face the Rebels, who sit at the bottom of the Super W ladder and who are still looking for their first win.
In the Brumbies first two matches, the Canberra side was made to suffer for their ill-discipline and was punished for having a player sent off in both games.
Milward was the offender in the first match against the Reds, spending the last 12 minutes on the sideline after receiving her second yellow card.
The skipper believes that ill-discipline could be a competition changer in the short four-game season.
“In two games we have had two players sent off, so discipline is a big thing for us. We will have a chat this week about that and that is something we want to focus on,” Milward said.
“It has a huge impact, with ten minutes or more losing a player, in this kind of competition that can be a game changer and a competition changer.”
Head coach Tony Doherty is without senior players Charlene Gubb and Kate Brown for the match, both out with injury, along with utility back Cecilia Smith and forward Courtney Frankl.
The coach was forced to make five changes to the team that was beaten by NSW at Warringah Rugby Park, with prop Violeta Tupuola back into the starting XV, alongside lock Michaela Leonard, scrumhalf Remi Wilton and flyhalf Kiara Meredith-Brown.
The match will be played as the first half of an AAMI Park doubleheader, before the Rebels vs Hurricanes Super Rugby game.
The Brumbies’ women take on the Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday (30 March), kicking off at 5 pm AEDT, to be broadcast on Friday night at 10 pm AEDT on FOX SPORTS 505.
1. Violeta Tupuola
2. Louise Burrows
3. Peta Cox
4. Shellie Milward
5. Michaela Leonard
6. Jess Howard
7. Georgia O’neill
8. Tayla Stanford
9. Remi Wilton
10. Kiara Meredith-Brown
11. Darcy Read
12. Michelle Perry
13. Paremo Marsh
14. Talei Wilson
15. Samantha Wood
16. Skeda Marsh
17. Brittney-Lee Bedford
18. Anna Korovata
19. Skye Churchill
20. Harriet Elleman
21. Jane Garraway
22. Ash Kara
23. Isabella Atkinson-Smith