Brumbies v Sharks: Teams

At Canberra Stadium, Saturday March 31, kick-off 10.40am

Last updated: 29th March 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Matt Toomua will return at fly-half for the Brumbies for the visit of the Sharks on Saturday.

Toomua has been sidelined since damaging ligaments in his knee, but he has been passed fit to return - with Christian Lealiifano moving to inside centre and Pat McCabe switching to the wing.

That means Joe Tomane, who scored twice in the win over the Highlanders, drops to the bench.

There is a further change in the pack with Ruaidhri Murphy replacing Dan Palmer, who has been ruled out with a cold.

The Sharks have made three changes of personnel for the trip to Canberra.

Steven Sykes, JP Pietersen and Fred Michalak come in to the side following the loss to the Waratahs - with Tim Whitehead switching to inside centre.

There is also a place on the bench for back-rower Jean Deysel, who has teamed up with the squad as injury cover.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ruadhri Murphy.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Nic White, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Joe Tomane.

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Louis Ludik.

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