The Brumbies’ Allan Alaalatoa. Photo: Jay CronanThe Canberra Vikings will turn to Wallabies power to bolster their National Rugby Championship campaign when they inject prop Allan Alaalatoa for their clash against NSW Country.
Alaalatoa will go from the Bledisloe Cup cauldron to Viking Park to play his first game of the NRC season as part of a Vikings reshuffle.
The tighthead prop made his Test debut when the Wallabies were thrashed by New Zealand two weeks ago and also played in the Bledisloe Cup defeat last weekend.
But the Vikings are confident the 22-year-old can put international disappointment behind him to tear the Eagles apart on Sunday.
Hooker Josh Mann-Rea will also play against the Eagles while Sam Carter has been included at lock.
Carter’s selection forces Rory Arnold to move to the bench while Henry Speight will start on the wing after scoring two tries in the season opener last weekend.
The ACT Brumbies and Vikings are still waiting on results of scans on James Dargaville’s shoulder to determine how long the versatile back will be out of action.
It is hoped Dargaville will miss as few as three games and be a part of the Vikings’ bid for an inaugural NRC title.
Meanwhile, the Brumbies are continuing their search for a new chief executive and applications for the position close on September 5.
The Brumbies have formed a four-person selection panel and will work with a recruitment company to finalise a shortlist for interviews in October.
NRC ROUND 2
Sunday: Canberra Vikings v NSW Country Eagles at Viking Park, 3pm.
Vikings team: 15. Robbie Coleman, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 11. Lausii Taliauli, 10. Nick Jooste, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Jordan Smiler, 7. Jarrad Butler, 6. Tom Staniforth, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Blake Enever, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Sione Taula. Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Faalelei Sione, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Rory Arnold, 20. OJ Noa, 21. Dean Oakman-Hunt, 22. Brent Hamlin, 23. Isaac Thompson.