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Brumbies play final Hand

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Chris Dutton

Brumbies player Ben Hand will captain the side against Wales tomorrow night at Canberra Stadium, in what could be his last game for the club.

Brumbies player Ben Hand will captain the side against Wales tomorrow night at Canberra Stadium, in what could be his last game for the club. Photo: Melissa Adams

Veteran ACT Brumbies lock Ben Hand will use tonight's match against Wales to farewell Canberra after the toughest season of his career.

Despite playing just 50 minutes of Super Rugby this season, Hand will lead a young Brumbies side into action against the Six Nations champions at Canberra Stadium.

Brumbies coach Jake White will use the contest to see which of his players will come into selection contention for a charge to the finals.

With the Brumbies' lock stocks of Sam Carter, Scott Fardy and Leon Power performing well, Hand is resigned to prematurely saying goodbye to the capital.

The 30-year-old played every match in his first three years at the Brumbies and was established in the second row.

But with White building for the future, Hand has been called on to play just once this year in the Brumbies' win over the Free State Cheetahs in March.

Frustrated by sitting on the sideline, he has signed a deal with French club Grenoble to leave Canberra at the end of the season.

While there are three Super Rugby games remaining before the finals, Hand said the team's impressive form would likely make the mid-week tour match his last for the Brumbies.

''With the team going so well you obviously want to be a part of it and it's tough watching in the stands or on television,'' Hand said.

''I think the guys are doing a good job at the moment so I don't see this is a chance for me to push my claims for selection again.

''This has definitely been a tough period … at the start of the year I was down and out but now I've got my head around it and helping the boys prepare each week.

''I'm training as hard as I can … the way I'm picturing this game is my last one in Canberra and to be captaining the side makes it even a little bit more special.

''I've had four great years here and after a bit of a tough year it's a really nice way to finish off for myself.''

Both Wales and the Brumbies will go into the match with untested combinations.

Half of the Brumbies' squad has played less than 10 Super Rugby games or are yet to make their debut.

Wales has just one player - lock Luke Charteris - backing up from the 27-19 Test loss to the Wallabies in Brisbane last Saturday night.

Coach Rob Howley has called in Melbourne Rebels skipper Gareth Delve from outside the original 34-man squad.

Howley said the clash with the Brumbies was a ''test of character'' for his players.

''We are a game down, but we still have all to play for in this series and Tuesday night is the perfect opportunity for this squad of players to move on [from losing to the Wallabies],'' Howley said.

''We have one or two bumps and bruises and we are expecting players to 'back-up' after playing a tough Test match and go out there 72 hours later and play for their country. That is exactly what touring is all about.''

Despite the lack of experience in the Brumbies' side, Hand said the youthful squad would not suffer.

Two Tuggeranong Vikings players - JP Pradaud and Beau Mokotupu - will be thrown into the professional arena and White is confident his young players can rise to the challenge.

''These guys have waited and held the tackle bags at training and waited and waited and now they get a chance against some flipping good players,'' White said.

''They get a chance for the Brumbies and get to play some international players which is a massive ask for some young boys.

''I think we get to try different combinations … there is a pathway for players who come to Canberra and a chance to make a name for themselves.

''There's no reason if they come down and play here they won't get an opportunity like this.''

The Brumbies' next match is away to the Western Force on June 30.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
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WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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