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Brumbies Return to Rebel

  • Brumbies Return to Rebel

The ACT Brumbies will welcome back two of their superstars in their round seven clash with the Melbourne Rebels tonight at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Thankfully for the injury-hit Australian conference leaders, there were no injuries to report after their comfortable win over the Cape Town Stormers five days ago.

And in huge news for the club, star playmaker and centre Christian Lealiifano will make his long awaited return to the paddock, having been named on the bench.

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Star centre Tevita Kuridriani will also return after taking personal leave in his native Fiji.

These boosts will make life easier for coaches Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher, who are still without veteran Clyde Rathbone, Fotu Auelua and Henry Speight to choose from in their star-studded backline.

Veteran Flanker David Pocock and Wallabies lock Scott Sio complete the current injury ward for the Brumbies.

Pocock will not return this season.

While the Brumbies are expected to get home comfortably against the Rebels, the home side will be pumped for their first win since round one.

They will also field former Brumby Colby Faainga, who will be playing against his former club for the first time tonight.

However the Brumbies forwards should dominate, with Rebels coach Tony McGahan making six changes to his lineup this week after a 32-8 shallacking against the Waratahs last weekend.

Ben Mowen, Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore were outstanding last week when the Stormers looked like getting on top early in the first half.

Nic White has been heavily involved as well, and his vision at scrumhalf has lead to Larkham labelling him "the best in the world."

But it's over to you now fans. Will the Brumbies win so easily, or will the Rebels make life hard again as they have done in recent seasons?

The tip from Bucking Good Yarns is a record-equalling fifth straight win to the ACT by 10+ points.

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