The ACT Brumbies believe Caderyn Neville's third coming in Super Rugby will be his best yet, coach Dan McKellar backing the former AIS rower to throw his weight around on Friday night.
Neville is the only change to the Brumbies' starting side as they aim to break a four-game losing streak against the Melbourne Rebels.
Darcy Swain has been ruled out for at least one week with a shoulder niggle, paving the way for Neville to start and for Nick Frost to potentially make his debut from the bench.
The Brumbies lured both Neville (Japan) and Frost (Crusaders) back to Australian rugby this year to help fill the void left by Sam Carter and Rory Arnold.
Neville, a former Rebel and Queensland lock, was on the fringes of the Wallabies almost a decade ago when he was launching his career and McKellar is confident he can get back to that level.
"He, has a big engine and moves well for a guy who's 122 kilograms. He brings size and experience, it's exciting for him," McKellar said.
"As I said when we first signed him, his best years are ahead of him. We're keen to really work closely with him and develop him.
"There's opportunity here and within Australian rugby for locks in 2020, I think it's great guys want to come back.
"We obviously pride ourselves on our forward game here and he's at the heart of that as a tighthead lock, we think we can help him get better."
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McKellar has decided to stick with a winning formula for round two, keeping Noah Lolesio in the No. 10 role after his solid debut as the chief playmaker.
Lolesio is expected to share the job this season with Bayley Kuenzle, who was on the bench last week but didn't get on the field.
"We're not going in with a set plan [of Lolesio] playing six games and someone else will play the next," McKellar said.
"I'll just take it week-by-week with him ... you've got to be patient with these boys and understand.
"[Lolesio] did some good things last week and he did some things he'll learn off. He's performing well and we'll see how he progresses. He's defending in the channel and will get a fair bit of traffic, but that won't bother him."
Frost, a former Australian schoolboy, has spent the past two years in the Canterbury Crusaders system learning from the likes of All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock.
He decided to move back to Australia this year and the Brumbies snapped up the 20-year-old, 205 centimetre prodigy.
[Frost] is quick, set piece is good and works really hard on his game," McKellar said.
"He's just at the start, he's going to be a really good lock for Australian rugby and the Brumbies for many years.
SUPER RUGBY ROUND TWO
Friday: ACT Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.
Brumbies: 1. Scott Sio, 2. Folau Faingaa, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Caderyn Neville, 5. Murray Douglas, 6. Rob Valetini, 7. Tom Cusack, 8. Pete Samu, 9. Joe Powell, 10. Noah Lolesio, 11. Tom Wright, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Solomone Kata, 15. Tom Banks. Reserves: 16. Connal McInerney, 17. Harry Lloyd, 18. James Slipper, 19. Nick Frost, 20. Will Miller, 21. Ryan Lonergan, 22. Bayley Kuenzle, 23. Andy Muirhead.
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