Waratahs winger James Ramm has endorsed the management qualities of recent captain Alex Newsome after the centre was confirmed because the alternative for injured skipper Jake Gordon.
“Nobby (Newsome) has been a leader the whole year,” Ramm instructed reporters forward of NSW’s conflict with the Super Rugby AU champion Brumbies on Saturday.
“He’s been around a fair while, he’s well respected by all the boys.
“He’ll haven’t any bother stepping up there.”
Read on for all of the Super Rugby AU round two crew information.
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REDS v REBELS, Friday 7.45pm AEDT at Suncorp Stadium
Suliasi Vunivalu is set to make his Super Rugby debut on Friday night despite being due in court in April to face charges of common assault.
The former Melbourne Storm star was named on the Reds bench for the round two clash after being stood down for the season-opening win over the Waratahs.
Vunivalu replaces Ilaisa Droasese on the Reds bench, despite the rookie scoring a try on debut last weekend.
Wallabies star Taniela Tupou has been promoted to the starting lineup, replacing Feao Fotuaika at tighthead prop.
Young backrower Sam Wallis is also in line to make his Reds debut from the bench.
The Reds were too good for the Waratahs in round one.
“You noticed some good issues final week, however there’s room for enchancment and areas we have to work on,” Reds coach Brad Thorn said.
“The Rebels had the bye in round one and shall be trying to open their account, so we’re anticipating a tricky contest from them.”
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Rebels coach Dave Wessels has named a side that includes a club record nine players who were either born in Melbourne or developed through the Victorian system.
Star recruit Joe Powell will make his Rebels debut and partner captain Matt To’omua in the halves.
Reece Hodge is at inside centre while Tom Pincus starts at fullback as regular skipper Dane Haylett-Petty continues to recover from troubling concussion symptoms.
“There was an actual buzz round our crew watching the video games final week,” Wessels said.
“Both video games have been top quality and entertaining, Stan did a terrific job on the opening weekend.
“We’re looking forward to being part of it for the first time on Friday.
“The Reds are taking part in properly and we all know we have now to be good to beat them.”
REDS (15-1): Jock Campbell, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Hamish Stewart, Filipo Daugunu, James O’Connor (c), Tate McDermott, Harry Wilson, Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Seru Eru, Angus Blyth, Taniela Tupou, Alex Mafi, Dane Zander
Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Sam Wallis, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Suliasi Vunivalu
REBELS (15-1): Tom Pincus, Lachlan Anderson, Stacey Ili, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Matt To’omua (c), Joe Powell, Michael Wells, Richard Hardwick, Brad Wilkin, Trevor Hosea, Steve Cummins, Vaauli Faamausili, Jordan Uelese, Cabous Eloff
Reserves: Ed Craig, Isaac Aedo Kailea, Rhys van Nek, Rob Leota, Josh Kemeny, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani
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BRUMBIES v WARATAHS, Saturday 7.45pm AEDT at GIO Stadium
Folau Fainga’a’s sore toe is the only thing preventing Brumbies coach Dan McKellar from naming an unchanged side to play NSW on Saturday.
Connal McInerney will start at hooker instead while former Junior Wallabies star Lachlan Lonergan gets a chance from the bench.
“Connal will get his first begin and Lachlan Lonergan was an unfortunate omission from round one so it is actually pleasing for him after a wonderful pre-season,” McKellar said.
“Connal’s at all times very constant and you realize you are going to get good set piece, repeat efforts and physicality and he is very comfy now at this stage.
“Brumbies versus the Waratahs is always a game that’s attracted a big crowd so hopefully the local rugby community gets behind it and others who might not normally go to a rugby game have an opportunity to see some really good rugby in what will be good conditions.”
Meanwhile, Waratahs coach Rob Penney has been pressured to make 4 adjustments with damage and suspension affecting the squad make-up.
In to the beginning lineup come Lachie Swinton, Jack Grant, Tepai Moeroa and Mark Nawaqanitawase whereas Penney has opted for Alex Newsome to interchange the injured Jake Gordon as captain.
“He’s been vice-captain before and he’s a massive leader within the team,” winger James Ramm mentioned of Newsome.
“The amount of talk he gets through on the field and at training is crazy.
“Losing your captain is large however there’s nothing you are able to do it about.”
BRUMBIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Andy Muirhead, Len Ikitau, Irae Simone, Mack Hansen, Noah Lolesio, Nic White, Pete Samu, Jahrome Brown, Rob Valetini, Caderyn Neville, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Connal McInerney, James Slipper
Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Tom Cusack, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa
WARATAHS (15-1): Jack Maddocks, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Alex Newsome (c), Tepai Moeroa, James Ramm, Will Harrison, Jack Grant, Jack Dempsey, Carlo Tizzano, Lachie Swinton, Jack Whetton, Sam Caird, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Tom Horton, Angus Bell
Reserves: David Porecki, Te Tera Faulkner, Sio Tatola, Jeremy Williams, Hugh Sinclair, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Triston Reilly
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