Super Rugby AU Teams: All the lineups for round nine as Waratahs spring major surprise for do-or-die clash
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Waratahs coach Rob Penney has thrown Tepai Moeroa in the deep end, calling up the former NRL back-rower for his first maiden Super Rugby AU match for their do-or-die match against the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.
On the penultimate weekend of Super Rugby AU, the third-placed Waratahs (15) must beat the fourth-placed Rebels (14) to have any chance of making the top-three and qualifying for the finals given they have a bye in the final round of the regular season.

If the Waratahs were to win by a bonus-point and deny the Rebels a losing bonus-point, they would sew up third spot on the standings.

In Friday's match in the nation's capital, Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has largely kept faith in the side that smashed the Waratahs a week ago.

Read on for all the team news below.

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A week after making nine changes to his starting side, McKellar has made just the one change to his starting side as the Brumbies attempt to wrap up top spot on the Super Rugby AU standings and book themselves a home final on September 19.

Halfback Joe Powell is the only change to the starting side, replacing Junior Wallabies No.9 Ryan Lonergan.

"It's great to have Joey back in the squad this week," McKellar said.

"He provides a lot of leadership and he'll bring a lot of energy on the field.

Solomone Kata will play his second match at outside centre with experienced Test midfielder Tevita Kuridrani still not in the matchday team.

Up front, Connal McInerney holds his spot at hooker despite the return of Test rake Folau Fainga'a on the…
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