Alaalatoa back to lead Plus500 Brumbies against Reds

· Super Rugby - AU
by Brumbies Media

The Plus500 Brumbies will welcome back skipper Allan Alaalatoa for the blockbuster top of the table clash against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Alaalatoa has finished serving a three week suspension and will line up at tighthead prop, allowing fellow Wallabies front rower James Slipper to return to the other side of the scrum with Folau Fainga'a named at hooker.

Wallabies squad member Darcy Swain is the only other change to the starting side, he'll partner workhorse Cadeyrn Neville in the second row.

A familiar backrow sees Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack and Pete Samu as the loose forward trio.

Coach Dan McKellar has named an unchanged backline from the side that defeated the NSW Waratahs last week with Nic White and Noah Lolesio named at scrumhalf and flyhalf respectively.

The midfield combination of Len Ikitau and Irae Simone have started every game so far in 2021 with a back three of fellow Wallabies squad members Tom Wright, Andy Muirhead and Tom Banks completing the run on side.

Brumbies veteran Scott Sio returns to the game day 23 after recovering from an elbow injury, with Sefo Kautai the replacement tighthead prop and Lachlan Lonergan the reserve hooker.

Nick Frost and James Tucker will be the remaining forward finishers.

Ryan Lonergan will provide the spark at scrumhalf, alongside playmaker Bayley Kuenzle and the versatile Mack Hansen as the replacement backs.

Plus500 Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: "Allan and Scotty are world class props, it's a good time to get them back, they've both trained really well for a couple of weeks."

"Allan's certainly keen to get back out there and lead the side through his actions, that's what he's all about.

"James (Tucker) played a lot of backrow at ITM level in New Zealand, he'll do a good job for us there."

 

PLUS500 BRUMBIES ROUND EIGHT TEAM

1. James Slipper

2. Folau Fainga'a

3. Allan Alaalatoa (c)

4. Darcy Swain

5. Cadeyrn Neville

6. Rob Valetini

7. Tom Cusack

8. Pete Samu

9. Nic White

10. Noah Lolesio

11. Tom Wright

12. Irae Simone

13. Len Ikitau

14. Andy Muirhead

15. Tom Banks

REPLACEMENTS

16. Lachlan Lonergan

17. Scott Sio

18. Sefo Kautai

19. Nick Frost

20. James Tucker

21. Ryan Lonergan

22. Bayley Kuenzle

23. Mack Hansen


The Plus500 Brumbies play the Queensland Reds in Round Eight of Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday April 10 at 7:45pm AEDT. LIVE and AD FREE on the new Home of Rugby, Stan Sport and free to air on 9Gem.
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