The Brumbies begin life without Wallaby David Pocock. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
The Brumbies begin life without Wallabies flanker David Pocock against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday night. Pocock is out for the rest of the season after busting his knee a second time last weekend. After starting their 2014 campaign with a 10-point loss to the Reds, last year’s grand-finalists bounced back to beat the Force in Perth 27-14. But their first victory came at a hefty price, with Pocock suffering a recurrence of a knee injury. Mid-week, the 25-year-old had a second reconstruction on the left knee in a year and he’ll need at least nine-months to recover. Rookie Jarrad Butler comes into the starting side at number 7, with Leon Power at lock, Scott Fardy blindside flanker and Ben Mowen slotting into number 8. Pat McCabe will take his place in the centres, despite being stretchered-off in a neck brace and going to hospital last weekend.
The Hurricanes opened their campaign with a fruitless tour of South Africa. It started with a disappointing 27-9 loss to the Sharks, before a better performance against the Stormers last week. Conceding a late try, they went down 19-18. It is interesting to note that dynamic flanker Ardie Savea will again start from the bench behind Samoan openside Jack Lam, while Adam Hill takes over at blindside flank from Faifili Levave, who suffered a head-knock in South Africa. James Marshall comes in at fullback, forcing Marty Banks back to the bench.
The Brumbies have looked outside the square to find a winning edge this season! They’re using a drone to instantly beam video to coaches, allowing them to analyse formations, structures and moves. The hexacopter hovers above the players, giving coaches a birds-eye view of scrums, line-outs, backline plays and drills which can be reviewed and adjusted on the run.
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