Vaea returns for Brumbies

The Brumbies have made two changes to their starting lineup for their match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Ita Vaea returns to the starting XV in place of the injured Jarrad Butler at No 8, with Jordan Smiler moving back to the bench after starting in place of Butler against the Stormers last weekend.

Winger Robbie Coleman replaces the injured Henry Speight, with James Dargaville taking Coleman’s place on the bench.

Other changes to the bench see hooker Robbie Abel, set to make his Super Rugby debut, replacing the suspended Josh Mann-Rea, while South African-born prop Ruan Smith replaces Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, who has been left out of the match 23.

Brumbies – 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio. 
Subs: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

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