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Fardy back for Brumbies to face Super Tahs

NZN 16/03/2017 Matt Coughlan

The Brumbies have made three changes for their Super Rugby derby with the Waratahs with Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy set to make his return after being rested.

While Fardy's inclusion is a boost to the Brumbies' forward pack, they will be without the in-form Chris Alcock who was concussed in the Brumbies' first victory for the season over the Western Force last week.

Coach Stephen Larkham said Alcock had tried to train earlier in the week but had felt ordinary after Tuesday's session.

"That set him back and it was a race against the clock," Larkham said.

"It was too much of a risk for the player that he is and what he contributes to the team."

Lolo Fakaosilea will replace Alcock at openside flanker with Larkham describing the pair's style as similar.

"(Lolo's) very aggressive with ball carry, particularly with his defence and at the breakdown he's a bit of a nuisance for the opposition," Larkham said.

Winger James Dargaville has been omitted in favour of Nigel Ah Wong who spent the off-season with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

"He's been pushing ever since he came back," Larkham said.

"He blew us away in terms of the physcial shape he was in."

Saturday night's match at Allianz Stadium will carry extra significance with the two teams playing for the Dan Vickerman Cup to honour the former Wallabies star who died aged 37 last month.

It will be played against the backdrop of uncertainty for the Brumbies who are one of three Australian teams facing the axe from the competition, while the Waratahs have a point to prove after returning from South Africa for the first time in 21 years without registering a point.

Wallabies prop Scott Sio will spend another match on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury with his return date yet to be locked in.

"He was pretty close this week, his contacts weren't up to where they needed to be," Larkham said.

"He looks very fast and very fit at the moment so I expect we should be pretty close next week but it is week-by-week."

Brumbies: Aidan Toua, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Nigel Ah Wong, Wharenui Hawera, Joe Powell, Jordan Smiler, Lolo Fakaosilea, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter (capt), Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Josh Mann-Rea, Ben Alexander. Res: Robbie Abel, Nic Mayhew, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Blake Enever, Ben Hyne, De Wet Roos, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Andrew Smith.

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