Moore to lead Brumbies into battle

Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore returns to captain the Brumbies against the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.

Moore has been on the sidelines since rupturing his ACL while captaining the Wallabies against France last year, but will make his first start of the new season after featuring from the bench in the Brumbies' first two matches.

His inclusion is the only change to the starting XV that fell narrowly to the Chiefs last weekend. The other changes are on the bench, with Blake Enever and Jesse Mogg coming in at the expense of Sean Doyle and Lausii Taliauli.

The Brumbies come into the match one point ahead of the Rebels atop the Australian conference, but have lost their past six games away from home.

Brumbies – 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Leali'ifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio.
Subs: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Jesse Mogg.

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