Brumbies coach Dan McKellar decides to sink the Slipper into Jaguares

ACT Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has recalled 86-Test-veteran James Slipper as one of two changes to freshen up his team ahead of their crucial clash against the Argentina Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Slipper comes back into the starting XV at loosehead prop, with Scott Sio dropping to the bench as the only change to the starting forward pack that beat the Cape Town Stormers in a defensive masterclass last week.

James Slipper has returned to the Brumbies XV for their crucial clash against the Jaguares.

James Slipper has returned to the Brumbies XV for their crucial clash against the Jaguares.

In the backs, he's also rotated his starting scrumhalf with Matt Lucas coming in for Joe Powell.

McKellar has also made two changes to the bench, with Connal McInerney replacing the injured Josh Mann-Rea (knee), while Irae Simone takes Wharenui Hawera's spot.

It's a massive game for the Brumbies, who are looking for their third consecutive win, as they look to continue their climb up the Super Rugby ladder.

While the Brumbies are 11th overall, and third in the Australian conference, they are just one point outside of the top eight and just five points behind the Melbourne Rebels - Australia's leading team.

Seven points is all that separates the Rebels from the second-last Waikato Chiefs, meaning a win could see them climb into the finals berths.


Sunday: ACT Brumbies v Argentina Jaguares in Buenos Aires, 7.40am.

Brumbies squad: 1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga'a, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Jahrome Brown, 7. Tom Cusack, 8. Pete Samu, 9. Matt Lucas, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Toni Pulu, 12. Tom Wright, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14, Henry Speight, 15. Tom Banks. Bench: 16. Connal McInerney, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Murray Douglas, 21. Joe Powell, 22. Irae Simone, 23. Andy Muirhead.

Jaguares squad: 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustin Creevy, 3. Santiago Medrano, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Tomas Levanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Tomas Lezana, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 10. Domingo Miotti, 11. Santiago Carreras, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), 13. Matias Orlando, 14. Sebastian Cancelliere, 15. Emiliano Boffelli. Bench: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Enrique Pieretto, 19. Rodrigo Bruni, 20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21. Felipe Ezcurra, 22. Bautista Ezcurra, 23. Juan Cruz Mallia.