- Highlanders v Bulls
- Reds v Brumbies
- Chiefs v Rebels
- Force v Waratahs
- Cheetahs v Crusaders
- Lions v Sharks
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 2 2014 - Reds 27 bt Brumbies 17 at Canberra Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 23, Reds 5 Brumbies 17, drawn 1
In Brisbane: Played 10, Reds 2 Brumbies 7, drawn 1
Referee: Steve Walsh (AUS)
TV: Live, FoxSports 2
Betfair: Reds $2.20, Brumbies $1.95
Ladbrokes: Reds $2.02, Brumbies $1.8
Richard Shute writes: It’s first versus fourth on the conference ladder, with the Queenslanders threatening to lose touch with the top half on the overall standings. The Brumbies opt for the in-form Pat McCabe ahead of Christian Leali'ifano on the back of his stunning brace against the Blues, while Richard Graham brings in Anthony Fainga'a for Mike Harris. The Reds have lost three of their last four and look likely to go into their bye week feeling miserable.
AAP writes: The desperate Reds have been firing verbal missiles at grudge rivals the Brumbies all week - and they might just backfire. The Brumbies bounced back from their disappointing loss to the Rebels with a clinical wet-weather performance against the Blues. They get back Wallabies front rowers Stephen Moore and Scott Sio, however injuries will force them to blood teenager Tom Staniforth at lock against Wallabies duo James Horwill and Rob Simmons. The Reds have recalled Anthony Fainga’a and young gun Chris Feauai-Sautia to their injury-hit backline. Following their last-minute loss to the Force last week, the Reds are now at risk of losing back-to-back matches for the first time since 2009-10.
REDS: Ben Lucas, Rod Davies, Ben Tapuai, Anthony Fainga'a, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Jake Schatz, Beau Robinson, Eddie Quirk, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Greg Holmes, James Hanson, James Slipper. Reserves: Saia Fainga'a, Albert Anae, Jono Owen, Ed O'Donoghue, Curtis Browning, Nick Frisby, Mike Harris/Dave McDuling, Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.
BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Joe Tomane, Tevita Kuridrani, Pat McCabe, Robbie Coleman, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler, Tom Staniforth, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Scott Sio. Reserves: Siliva Siliva, Ruan Smith, JP Smith, Jack Whetton, Lachlan McCaffrey, Michael Dowsett, Andrew Smith, Christian Lealiifano.