Super Rugby Pacific Team List: Round 7 v Waratahs (Updated)

Fri, Apr 5, 2024, 2:00 AM
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The Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies side has been named for this Saturday's Round 7 Super Rugby Pacific fixture against the NSW Waratahs, kicking off at 7:35PM AEDT at GIO Stadium, Canberra.

The Brumbies won a tight contest away in Brisbane to down the Queensland Reds 20-19 last Saturday evening at Suncorp Stadium.

 

Sitting 3rd on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder after the conclusion of Round 6, the Brumbies return home to face the NSW Waratahs for the Dan Vickerman Cup, in honour of the former ACT, NSW and Wallaby representative who passed away in 2017.

Head Coach Stephen Larkham has named a strong side for the interstate rivalry, with James Slipper in line to break the record for most Super Rugby caps by an Australian, surpassing former Brumbies' hooker Stephen Moore with his 178th appearance this weekend.

Billy Pollard will start at hooker, after Lachlan Lonergan succumbed to a serious leg injury in last weekend's match against the Reds. He will be joined by Sosefo Kautai who completes the front row.

 

Darcy Swain captains the side, combining with Nick Frost at lock, the latter returning to the starting line-up for the crucial clash with the Waratahs. Tom Hooper has also been named to start, completing the back-row with Rob Valetini and Charlie Cale.

 

With Ryan Lonergan ruled out, Harrison Goddard will shift into the No.9 jersey. Fly-half Noah Lolesio will line up with centres Hudson Creighton and Tamati Tua. Fullback Tom Wright who has been in strong form will link up with Corey Toole and Ollie Sapsford on the flanks.

 

Connal McInerney and Jack Debreczeni are the big inclusions on the interchange bench. Both players named for the first time in 2024 after returning from long term injury. Fred Kaihea will also make his first appearance of the Super Rugby Pacific season, bolstering the front-row along with Rhys van Nek.

Cadeyrn Neville and Luke Reimer provide the remaining cover to the forward pack. Whilst Larkham opts for a 5-3 split, with late inclusion Klayton Thorn and Declan Meredith rounding out the bench.

The Brumbies Super Rugby Women’s side will take on the Fijian Drua before the Super Rugby Pacific fixture, kicking off at 5:05PM AEDT. With the Super Rugby Pacific clash taking place from 7:35PM AEDT.

 

2024 Super Rugby Pacific – Round 7

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies v NSW Waratahs

Saturday 6 April, 7:35PM AEDT

GIO Stadium, Canberra

Starting XV

  1. James Slipper (Queanbeyan Whites)
  2. Billy Pollard (Uni-Norths Owls)
  3. Sosefo Kautai (Canberra Royals)
  4. Darcy Swain (C) (Tuggeranong Vikings)
  5. Nick Frost (Queanbeyan Whites)
  6. Rob Valetini (Western Districts)
  7. Tom Hooper (Tuggeranong Vikings)
  8. Charlie Cale (Uni-North Owls)
  9. Harrison Goddard (Queanbeyan Whites)
  10. Noah Lolesio (Tuggeranong Vikings)
  11. Corey Toole (Gungahlin Eagles)
  12. Tamati Tua (Queanbeyan Whites)
  13. Hudson Creighton (Queanbeyan Whites)
  14. Ollie Sapsford (Uni-Norths Owls)
  15. Tom Wright (Western Districts)

 

Finishers

16. Connal McInerney (Canberra Royals)

17. Fred Kahea (Queanbeyan Whites)

18. Rhys Van Nek (Uni-Norths Owls)

19. Cadeyrn Neville (Uni-Norths Owls)

20. Luke Reimer (Western Districts)

21. Klayton Thorn (Gungahlin Eagles)

22. Jack Debreczeni (Uni-Norths Owls)

23. Declan Meredith (Western Districts)

Head Coach

Stephen Larkham


Updated Friday, 5th 2024

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