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Kings team for Lions announced

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The Kings will send largely a B-team to Ellis Park for their fixture against the Lions with a number of players unavailable due to injury.

Lions name team for Kings clash

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The Lions have named their team for this weekend’s match against the Kings.

Brumbies coach Jake White not happy with Robbie Deans’ Wallabies plans

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BEWILDERED Brumbies coach Jake White believes Wallabies plans to strip Australian Super Rugby teams of their Test players for crucial penultimate round matches are blatantly unfair.

  • by:Jim Morton
  • From:AAP
  • January 30, 2013 3:29pm
  • Brumbies coach Jake White

Jake White says the Brumbies will suffer most if Robbie Deans gets his way and players are plucked early for a Wallabies training camp. Picture: Kym SmithSource: The Daily Telegraph

White has joined his Queensland and NSW counterparts – Ewen McKenzie and Michael Cheika – in opposing Robbie Deans’ wish to put his Test squad into an extended three-week camp before the British and Irish Lions series in June.

But the former South Africa coach believes it’s the Brumbies who will pay the biggest price if the ARU decide to quarantine Test players, even though he expects the Reds and Waratahs to have more chosen.

The Brumbies are scheduled to meet the Melbourne Rebels on June 7 in Canberra – 15 days before the first Wallabies-Lions Test – in their second last fixture match and desperately want the likes of David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander and Pat McCabe available.
The same weekend, NSW play the Western Force in Perth while Queensland, who have a Super bye, host the Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

Still tormented by missing last season’s finals by one point following a last-round upset loss to the Blues, White said every competition point would be hugely important to his team’s play-off hopes that late in the competition.

“Last year in the last round our whole season changed so I find it highly unlikely that in the last rounds this year that the expectations from anybody would not be to play your best teams,” he told AAP.

“We’re all happy to help (the Wallabies) but it’s making sure everyone wins. We can’t have this situation.”
McKenzie has said he’d be prepared to compromise by allowing Test players to start their camp on June 2 in the hope they’d be released towards the end of the week to play that weekend.

But that would not appease 2007 World Cup winner White who feels he needs his young, improving side together for a full week to prepare for their clash with the Rebels.

“Ewen is in a different situation because he’s talking about a Lions (tour) game and he also has a very settled team,” he said.

“It makes no difference if one guy (Quade Cooper) boxes one Saturday and plays the next Saturday – there’s not many teams who can afford that.

“The Waratahs have a Wallaby pack of forwards who play together every Saturday – if it’s not for the Waratahs it’s for the Wallabies.

“We’re in a very different situation.

“We can’t afford to lose four guys or five guys and then by Saturday they’re back to play.”

The Brumbies provided eight of 49 players to a Wallabies logistics camp this month and they have no issue with resting Test players from their Lions tour clash on June 18.

White confirmed Pocock would make his Brumbies debut this Friday night against his old Force teammates in a Darwin trial.

Former Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone will also make his comeback, playing at centre outside playmakers Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano who will trial at 10 and 12 with McCabe (neck) sidelined until round four.

Tahs name 6 Wallabies for warm-up

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Michael Hooper will make his NSW debut this Saturday when the HSBC Waratahs take on the Blues in Whangarei (kick off 4.30pm EST).

Beale at 10 for Rebels

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The RaboDirect Rebels have named Kurtley Beale at flyhalf for their final trial match against the Hurricanes at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.

Chiefs team for Reds warm-up

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Reds in their second trial match at Stockland Stadium, Sunshine Coast, 7pm Australian time (10pm New Zealand time) this Friday night.

Ali captains Blues for first time

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Ali Williams will captain the Blues for the first time when he leads out the side to face the Waratahs in Whangarei on Saturday in the second pre-season hit-out of the year.

Woodcock, Nonu, Smith starts for Landers

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Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his starting XV to play the Crusaders at Whitestone