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The Brumbies tackle the Waratahs in Super Rugby AU at Canberra’s GIO Stadium tonight. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the game from 7:15pm (AEST).
The Brumbies have made an incredible nine changes to their starting XV for tonight’s clash, and 16 changes in total, after being thrashed by the Rebels last week.
Notably, Junior Wallabies halves Ryan Lonergan and Bayley Kuenzle will combine for the first time at Super Rugby level.
The Waratahs, on the other hand, enter this match with a largely settled 23 after notching back-to-back wins over the past two weeks.
Only Karmichael Hunt was a late scratching due to a minor hamstring injury. Former Australians sevens player Nick Malouf is in line for a potential debut off the bench.
While the Tahs have run in the points in recent weeks, the Brumbies have found it much harder to hit the scoreboard.
That said, the side from the ACT start clear favourites with the bookmakers, although an upset to the NSW outfit would not surprise given recent form.
Kick-off: 7:15pm (AEST)
Venue: GIO Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. James Slipper, 2. Connal McInerney, 3. Allan Alaalatoa (c), 4. Murray Douglas, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 7. Will Miller, 8. Pete Samu, 9. Ryan Lonergan, 10. Bayley Kuenzle, 11. Tom Wright, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Solomone Kata, 14. Andy Muirhead, 15. Tom Banks
Bench: 16. Lachlan Lonergan, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Tom Ross, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Rob Valetini, 21. Tom Cusack, 22. Nic White, 23. Len Ikitau
1. Tom Robertson, 2. Tom Horton, 3. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 4. Ned Hanigan, 5. Rob Simmons (c), 6. Lachie Swinton, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Jack Dempsey, 9. Jake Gordon, 10. Will Harrison, 11. Alex Newsome, 12. Joey Walton, 13. Lalakai Foketi, 14. James Ramm, 15. Jack Maddocks
Bench: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Angus Bell, 18. Te Tera Faulkner, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Hugh Sinclair, 21. Mitch Short, 22. Ben Donaldson, 23. Nick Malouf