FORMER TARANAKI and Bay of Plenty lock Leon Power will start for the Brumbies when they take on the Chiefs in Tauranga on Friday night.
His inclusion is one of seven changes – two of which are positional – coach Jake White has made to his run-on side following last weekend’s victory over the Cheetahs.
White has resisted the temptation to move Pat McCabe into the midfield by keeping him on the wing.
Power will partner Peter Kimlin, who shifts from blindside to replace Sam Carter in the second-row.
Kimlin’s move means Scott Fardy will wear the No 6 jersey, and he will be joined in the loose trio by Michael Hooper, who comes in for Ita Vaea.
Ian Prior displaces Nic White at halfback and Christian Lealiifano shifts from second to first five for the injured Matt Toomua (knee). Joe Tomane takes Lealiifano’s place in the midfield.
Rookies Cam Crawford and Zack Holmes have been added to the bench.
Crawford was a late inclusion in the touring squad after outside back Tevita Kuridrani was unable to fly because of passport problems.
Brumbies: Jesse Mogg, Pat McCabe, Andrew Smith, Joe Tomane, Henry Speight, Christian Lealiifano, Ian Prior, Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Peter Kimlin, Leon Power, Dan Palmer, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander
Reserves: Anthony Hegarty, Ruaidhri Murphy, Sam Carter, Ita Vaea, Nic White, Zack Holmes, Cam Crawford
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