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Brumbies name unchanged side for Tahs

Friday, July 25, 2014

CANBERRA - The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for tomorrow's blockbuster Super Rugby semi-final against the NSW Waratahs.

It's a huge boost for the underdog ACT side, who managed to survive last weekend's bruising 32-30 knockout victory over the Chiefs in Canberra unscathed.

The past fortnight has seen a massive turnaround for the Brumbies, who only one month ago had their season put on life support when the red-hot Waratahs trounced their under-strength outfit 39-8.

However the return of several of their Wallabies stars has since seen them return to top form — notching up a total of 11 tries against the Western Force and Chiefs.

The luxury of taking the same fit and firing match-day 23 to Sydney's Allianz Stadium will go a long way in helping the Brumbies book their second consecutive Super Rugby grand final berth.

"To have got through last weekend injury free, it's great for us to be playing again this weekend to maintain momentum," Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher said.

The only notable omissions from the squad are now previous Wallabies skippers David Pocock and Stephen Moore — both of whom suffered season ending knee injuries earlier in the year.

Veteran winger Clyde Rathbone hasn't been named in the squad, meaning the Brumbies will have to win to give him a chance of a fairytale farewell match.

Brumbies: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Robbie Coleman, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), Jarrad Butler, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Leon Power, Ben Alexander, Josh Mann-Rea, Scott Sio. Res: Ruaidhri Murphy, Ruan Smith, Allan Alaalatoa, Fotu Auelua, Tom McVerry, Michael Dowsett, Joe Tomane, Pat McCabe.

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