The ACT Brumbies have issued a rally cry for Canberra crowds to come back when they take on arch-rival NSW Waratahs on Saturday.
Canberra Stadium is back to 100 per cent capacity for the Brumbies' first home game of the Super Rugby AU season and it will be the first time in 11 months there hasn't been any restrictions in place at the venue.
The Brumbies' last home game without crowd restrictions was against the Waratahs on March 15 - the last game before the old Super Rugby format was cancelled.
But with the COVID-19 vaccine starting to roll out around the country and the pandemic outlook in Australia largely positive, the Brumbies hoped it might spark crowds to return to Canberra Stadium.
Brumbies assistant coach Rod Seib said there weren't any new injuries out of their opening-round victory over the Western Force.
He said they could also welcome a couple back from injury, with Scott Sio (back) one who didn't make the trip across the Nullarbor and could come into the selection mix.
"It's been a difficult year so there hasn't been a lot of live sports so I'm hoping [with] the opportunity to come out and support the Brumbies people will jump on board," Seib said.
"We're hoping for a big crowd ... I know the Force were really well supported on the weekend so hopefully now that live sport's back around and there's no limit on numbers coming into the crowd we can get a big crowd there to support us."
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Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville said it was great to experience the passionate crowd in Perth on the weekend.
He was hoping for similar at Canberra Stadium.
Neville said on top of the coronavirus pandemic, the bushfires and smoke had also made it a tough time for Brumbies fans.
"That'd be awesome now that they've lifted all the restrictions," he said.
"The whole time since I've been here there's been a lot of reasons keeping people from games so hopefully we can see even more than what we did early last year.
"Last year people were dealing with the bushfires or just getting over it and then COVID was upon us.
"It was pretty tough for most of the fans last year, but hopefully things only get easier from here."
Neville was happy with his first hit out of the season.
He got through the whole game against the Force and felt it was a good platform to build on.
"It was good to get through 80 [minutes]," Neville said.
"It's always the worry after the pre-season - nothing gets you fit like playing. Hopefully it's a good 80 to build on. It went down alright."
SUPER RUGBY AU ROUND TWO
Saturday: ACT Brumbies v NSW Waratahs at Canberra Stadium, 7.45pm.