Rugby

Kuridrani To Start For Force

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: “To head away is an experience we haven’t had a lot of over the past twelve months and I know as a group we love being on the road.”
19 Feb 2021 15:16

Veteran Fijian-born centre, Tevita Kuridrani gets his first start for the Western Force at the HBF Park in Perth, Australia, tonight.

It has been tough for the former Wallabies centre after his mum and academic Dr Litiana Kuridrani passed away recently.

Kuridrani plays against his former club Brumbies in the opening round of the Super Rugby AU.

Force Test stars Tom Robertson, Santiago Medrano, Tomas Lezana, Kuridrani and Rob Kearney will all make their debut while Tomas Cubelli will be waiting in the wings after being named on the bench.

Former Aussie Sevens star Tim Anstee is also set for his Super Rugby AU debut while it’s a welcome return for former Queensland Reds flyhalf Jake McIntyre, after being named amongst Tim Sampson’s reserves.

Full of confidence after taking home last year’s title, the Brumbies have thrown rising star Len Ikitau straight into the cauldron at HBF Park. Ikitau was selected in the Wallabies wider training squad last year and Dan McKellar obviously likes what he sees too – with the 22-year old to start at outside centre against former teammate Kuridrani.

Fijian Rob Valetini starts blindside flanker for the Brumbies with utility back Issak Fines Leleiwasa on the bench.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: “To head away is an experience we haven’t had a lot of over the past twelve months and I know as a group we love being on the road.”

The match kicks off at 11pm and is shown live of Sky Pacific

 

LINE-UP

Force: 1. Tom Robertson, 2. Feleti Kaitu’u, 3. Santiago Medrano, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Fergus Lee Warner, 6. Tomas Lezana, 7. Kane Koteka, 8. Brynard Stander, 9. Ian Prior, 10. Jono Lance, 11. Marcel Brache, 12. Kyle Godwin, 13.Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Byron Ralston, 15. Rob Kearney

Reserves: 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Angus Wagner, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Ryan McCauley, 20. Tim Anstee, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Jake McIntyre, 23. Richard Kahui

 

Brumbies: 1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Allan Alaalatoa (c), 4. Darcy Swain, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 6. Rob Valetini, 7. Jahrome Brown, 8. Pete Samu, 9. Nic White, 10. Noah Lolesio, 11. Mack Hansen, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Len Ikitau, 14. Andy Muirhead, 15. Tom Banks

Reserves: 16. Connal McInerney, 17. Harry Lloyd, 18. Tom Ross, 19. Nick Frost, 20. Tom Cusack, 21. Ryan Lonergan, 22. Reesjan Pasitoa, 23. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa

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