Stephen Moore will take over the Brumbies captaincy reins from usual skipper Ben Mowen who has been ruled out of Friday’s clash against the Lions in Johannesburg
Mowen suffered a neck injury in last week’s loss to the Bulls, forcing him to miss the Round Ten match with the wooden spoon contenders .
Dan Palmer has also been rested to recover from several niggling injuries, pushing Ben Alexander to tighthead, while Ruaidhri Murphy gets his second run-on start of the season at the other side of the scrum.
Peter Kimlin has been brought in at blindside flanker for Mowen, while lock Leon Power has been called up in the second row at the expense of Sam Carter who will start from the bench.
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Leon Power, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Ruaidhri Murphy.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sam Carter, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.
Date: Friday, April 27
Kick-off: 19:10 (18:10 BST)
Venue: Coca-Cola Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Tiaan Jonker (South Africa)
Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)