Fourteen Plus500 Brumbies players will be in action in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup this Saturday, including star wingers Henry Speight and Toni Pulu.
Pulu will don Easts colours for the first time in their round 16 matchup against Queanbeyan, who will have halfback Matt Lucas in their ranks for the clash at Griffith Oval.
Brumbies Lock Blake Enever will also be in action for Easts, adding experience and leadership to their pack.
In the Hahn Superdry Match of the Round, Live streamed on the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup's Facebook page and Bar TV’s YouTube Channel, Speight will line up out for the Gungahlin Eagles in their top of the table matchup against Royals alongside Mack Hansen, who has been in blistering form for the Eagles in 2019. Hansen will go head to head with Andy Muirhead who will likely start at fullback for the 2017 champions, with hooker Connal McInerney also available for Royals off the back of his successful first full season in Super Rugby.
At Viking Park, Tuggeranong will have a number of young Brumbies to select from as they face off against Wests. Loosehead Prop Vunipola Fifita, Halfback Ryan Lonergan and Centre Len Ikitau have all been consistent performers for the Vikings this season and with only two rounds left of the regular season, the defending premiers have been bolstered by the return of Darcy Swain and Noah Lolesio.
Vikings will also have Lolesio’s Junior Wallaby teammate Lachlan Lonergan in their squad, the young rake being one of the stars of Australia’s u20 World Championship campaign. This match has extra significance with Vikings defending the Bob Hitchcock Territory Shield against Wests.
Opposing the strong Tuggeranong side will be electric playmaker Tom Wright, who has shown on a number of occasions that he can be a one-man match winner at club level. Wright will be joined by Rob Valetini who flew home from Wallaby camp in Johannesburg this week to get some minutes under his belt.
Uni-Norths have the bye this week, but the Owls welcomed Brumbies centre Irae Simone into their side last weekend in a crucial clash against Queanbeyan and he had a massive impact, providing three try-assists on the day in the Owls win to secure 4th spot on the ladder.
Saturday, 20 July
Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup, Round 16
Queanbeyan Whites v Easts
(David Campese Oval, 3.05pm)
Tuggeranong Vikings v Western Districts Lions
(Viking Park, 3.05pm)
Canberra Royals v Gungahlin Eagles
(Phillip Enclosed Oval, 3.05pm)