The ACT Brumbies are set to throw rookie Zack Holmes into the Super Rugby cauldron and task him with leading the team against the Wellington Hurricanes in New Zealand on Friday night.
Holmes is expected to be named in the No10 jersey when coach Jake White announces his team tomorrow.
The only other change to the Brumbies’ starting XV will be Ian Prior at scrumhalf with Nic White being rotated to the bench.
Holmes was in a three-way battle with Robbie Coleman and Peter Hewat to take the chief playmaking role after Christian Lealiifano broke his ankle two weeks ago.
But it is believed versatile Coleman will be kept on the bench while Hewat is unlikely to be included in the 22-man squad after only joining the Brumbies on Sunday.
Holmes has seen limited game time in his debut season.
He was on the Brumbies bench for the opening two rounds, but didn’t get on the field until the Brumbies played the Waikato Chiefs in Tauranga.
The 21-year-old joined the Brumbies this season after impressing in the Australian Sevens program.
The Brumbies will attempt to extend their lead at the top of the Australian conference when they take on the Hurricanes.