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By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit
A broken thumb sustained at training earlier this week has ruled replacement hooker Josh Mann-Rea out of the match day 22 for Saturday’s clash with the Brumbies. Southern Districts’ John Ulugia will take his place on the bench.
As well as marking captain Benn Robinson’s 100th state appearance for NSW and scrum half Grayson Hart’s state debut, the match is also the last time Dean Mumm will play in front of his home fans, marking the end of a nine year career with the HSBC Waratahs that has seen him earn 93 NSW caps since his debut in 2004.
When he runs out at ANZ Stadium, Drew Mitchell will play his 99th Super Rugby match, having already represented the HSBC Waratahs on 25 occasions, the Reds on 25 and the Western Force 38 times.
The match is the 20th meeting between the HSBC Waratahs and Brumbies since 1996, with the HSBC Waratahs edging the stats having won 11 of the past encounters, including three of the past four meetings. The teams have already played each other once this season, with the Brumbies taking the honours at home by 23-6 back in May.
Sat Mar 19, 7:40PM AEDT
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney