One change for Plus500 Brumbies showdown with Rebels

by Brumbies Media

Plus500 Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has made one change to the match day 23 for the side's round two Super Rugby clash against the Rebels on Friday night at GIO Stadium.

After making his Brumbies debut last week, Cadeyrn Neville will get his first start after Darcy Swain was ruled out of the match through injury. 

The reshuffle also sees youngster Nick Frost named as a replacement, putting him in line for his Super Rugby debut on Friday night.

Frost, a former Australian Schoolboy has been part of the Brumbies set up since last May and was part of the Junior Wallabies side that made last year's final of the Under-20s World Championships in Argentina.

The side is otherwise unchanged from the one that defeated the Reds last Friday night with rookies Noah Lolesio and Solomone Kata selected for their second straight start.

The Brumbies will be looking to extend their nine match winning streak at GIO Stadium on Friday night, with the Brumbies Runners also set to play a curtain raiser ahead of the Super Rugby fixture. 

Plus500 Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: "It's a shame for Darcy to miss this week with injury but it's a great opportunity for another one of our young blokes in Nick Frost who's been working hard all off season."

"I thought our debutants were great last week and I'm pleased that for the most part we able to maintain some continuity across the park.

"We know the Rebels will be looking to bounce back against us and we're expecting a physical, tough encounter on Friday night."

1. Scott Sio
2. Folau Fainga'a
3. Allan Alaalatoa (c)
4. Murray Douglas
5. Cadeyrn Neville
6. Rob Valetini
7. Tom Cusack
8. Pete Samu
9. Joe Powell
10. Noah Lolesio
11. Tom Wright
12. Irae Simone
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Solomone Kata
15. Tom Banks

16. Connal McInerney
17. Harry Lloyd
18. James Slipper
19. Nick Frost*
20. Will Miller
21. Ryan Lonergan
22. Bayley Kuenzle*
23. Andy Muirhead

*Denotes potential Super Rugby debut

The Plus500 Brumbies play the Melbourne Rebels in round two of their Super Rugby campaign at GIO Stadium on Friday night, February 7.  Gates will open at 4:45pm for the curtain-riser between Brumbies Runners vs Melbourne Rising which kicks off at 4:50pm. Tickets available here.