Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Round 7 Greater Sydney Rams vs Brisbane City match will be kick off at Pirtek Stadium, Sydney, Friday 03 October 2014 online, Time 20:00 AEDT and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
Quade Cooper is hoping time in the NRC will lead to consideration for the Bledisloe Cup clash at Suncorp Stadium on October 18.
His inclusion in City’s first XV — after showing some spark off the bench in last Sunday’s Queensland derby win at Ballymore — is one of seven changes to Nick Stiles’ side, which is aiming to secure second place on the NRC ladder.
“Bringing Quade into the starting line-up is an obvious boost for the team,” Stiles said.
“He looked confident in his 20 minutes off the bench last weekend and you can’t keep a guy of his talent and competitiveness out of the side for long.”
Wallaby hopeful Liam Gill has been dropped from the team, with Michael Gunn to start at openside flanker for the first time in two matches.
Rams coach Brian Melrose made a massive 10 changes to his side after being hit with a spate of unavailabilities including injuries to skipper Jed Holloway, lock Jared Barry and centre Michael McDougall, and attacking ace Lalakai Foketi’s departure to France.
Among the many changes Peni Ravai makes his starting debut as hooker, Hugh Perrett takes Holloway’s position at blindside flanker along with the captaincy, Pat Sio comes in at No. 8 and Ben Volavola returns to the No. 10 jersey.
Greater Sydney Rams: Jed Gillespie, Peni Ravai, Guy Millar, Steve Mafi, Dylan Sigg, Hugh Perrett, Chris Alcock, Pat Sio, Vasa Faleali’i, Ben Volavola, Tom Hill, Henry Taefu, Henry Seavula, Jarome MacKenzie, Ben Batger. Res: Hugh Roach, Cameron Betham, Dave Lolohea, Marcus Carbone, Michael Kovacic, Mark Swanopoel, Jai Ayoub, Dan Chisholm.
Brisbane City: Sef Faagase, Andrew Ready, Sam Talakai, Marco Kotze, Dave McDuling (C), Curtis Browning, Michael Gunn, Tim Buchanan, Nick Frisby, Quade Cooper, Junior Laloifi, Samu Kerevi, Rex Tapuai, Chris Kuridrani, Brando Va’aulu.
Reserves: Matt Mafi, Pettowa Paraka, Phil Kite, Adam Korczyk, Brad Wilkin, Will Thompson, Jake McIntyre, Matt Feaunati.