Five South African born players to take on the Lions for the Brumbies.


In 2001, minus the majority of their stars away with the Wallabies, the Brumbies went pain-stakingly close to knocking the Lions over at Canberra Stadium. A late try to Austin Healey saved the Lions, who won 30-28, but it was a moment Brumbies supporters have not forgotten and will be hoping to go one better on Tuesday night.

Andrew Smith will start at inside centre for the Brumbies against the Lions.

Wallabies squad members Peter Kimlin and Scott Sio will join Canberra club star, Chris Cocca when the University of Canberra Brumbies take on the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday night.

An impressive season with Easts in Canberra’s John I Dent Cup has catapulted Cocca into the big time with the burly prop now set to tackle one of the world’s most respected set pieces.

Starting from an eight-man bench, Cocca is joined by fellow debutant prop, Jean-Pierre Smith as two of four new inclusions to the team which pummelled the Rebels two weeks ago. Smith’s identical twin brother, Ruan Smith, will start at loose-head prop.

Andrew Smith has also been included at inside-centre in his first match back since straining his hamstring against the Highlanders in round nine. He comes into the side for Pat McCabe who has been included in the Wallabies squad.

Mark Swanepoel comes onto the bench, with Ian Prior to start in place of Nic White who has a fractured scapular. The team will be skippered by Kimlin, who led the Brumbies to victory in the absence of White, two Friday’s ago against the Rebels.

“It’s fantastic for Chris that he has this opportunity to face the Lions. I’m sure he is still pinching himself,” Head Coach Jake White said.

“He’s been in fantastic form for Easts and deserves this shot at the Lions. It’s a bit of a new situation for us, with an eight-man bench, but JP [Jean-Pierre Smith] has been training with us for a month now and he’s comfortable with the job ahead of him.

“I think it’s a good indication that the competition in Canberra is becoming stronger, that we can take the local players and play them against a quality outfit like the Lions.

“In the backs it’s comforting to be able to include a guy like Andrew Smith, who’s got plenty of experience. With Tevita [Kuridrani], they form a big centre pairing and it will be interesting to see how they combine.

“This is a huge occasion for us as a team, but also individually. The Lions are one of rugby’s last romantic sides, there is plenty of history there and we know that beating the Lions will go down in Canberra’s rugby folk law for many years to come.”

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013
University of Canberra Brumbies v British and Irish Lions
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 7.30pm

University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ruan Smith
2. Siliva Siliva
3. Scott Sio
4. Leon Power
5. Sam Carter
6. Scott Fardy
7. Colby Faingaa
8. Peter Kimlin (c)
9. Ian Prior
10. Matt Toomua
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Andrew Smith
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg

16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Jean-Pierre Smith
18. Chris Cocca
19. Etienne Oosthuizen
20. Jordan Smiler
21. Mark Swanepoel
22. Robbie Coleman
23. Zack Holmes

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  1. One has to hand it to JW… he has an uncanny knack in spotting young talent in all positions… in Scott Sio, the Smith brothers and now Cocca he’s sorted young props for the Brumbies for the next few seasons on top of the Wallabies front-rowers in the first side…

  2. Jake the snake. How to piss a former coach who is now hell bent on revenge. SARU idiooots.

  3. Agreed. Jake White is streets ahead, Messerschmitt-like really

    So much so, I think he has a shot this Tuesday (gotta respect the magic).
    Wouldn’t say that with the gallows-bound Robbie Deans.

  4. Reply to Americano @ 5:33 am:

    I doubt they have a serious chance of threatening this Lions side… 580 test caps for the Lions… 28 for the Brumbies (26 Rathbone 2 Kimlin)…

    I guess the aim is to be as competitive as the Reds were…

  5. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 4:53 am: I’ll be holding thumbs for Jake and his side Bryce. Of course he knows what to do – get J-P off the bench and playing alongside his brother and the other Smith. The AB’s showed against the French what a side with 3 Smiths in it can do.

  6. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:54 am:

    Looking forward to seeing how Jake can ready his guys. Intl’ retired Shane Williams on the wing for Lions?

    That Skelton fella on Waratahs looks loch ness huge. I liked the Waratahs Cheika coach in post game interviews – nowhere to go but up after that creep Michael Foley….The “Ruiner” of Super Pretorious.

    Pete Van Zyl’s flourescent green Bok jersey he wore this weekend? That would have been Super’s minus the influence of Foley.

  7. What a difference a good coach make. Yet there are some idiots (even on this site) that think he was “lucky” – has been “lucky” consistently now for a few years…..

  8. Report on 365:
    “It was a show of desire and determination by the home team, which also scored the only try in front of a bumper crowd of 21,655.”
    ►So what do they call a crowd of 45,000?

    “The crowd warmed to the chant of “Lions, Lions, Lions” as the tourists poured on to the attack but the Brumbies held firm.”
    ►You mean the chanted against their own home team?

  9. Jake affirmed his role as the most powerful of medicine men.
    He truly is the Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux of Rugby Union coaches.
    :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause

  10. Sad thing is, there absolutelu, f-all chance of Jake ever coaching in SA again, and why would he? Anything else than coaching the Boks again won’t tempt him back, of that I am sure.

  11. I have been saying it for years and a lot of people gave me kak when I supported JW after 2007. It is nice to see hinm prove me right.

    :finger: All the JW haters, also want to see what all these JW haters gonna say when he takes over Aus team.