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McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City side to play Melbourne Rising

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have named their side for Round 7 of the National Rugby Championship as they prepare to take on the Melbourne Rising at Sci-Fleet Stadium, Wests Bulldogs RFC, Toowong on Sunday.

Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan has made five changes to the starting XV who came away with a bonus-point win over the Sydney Rays last weekend at Pittwater Rugby Park.

Sunnybank scrumhalf Issak Fines-Leleiwasa is set for his run-on debut in a backline that will also see Samu Kerevi return at outside centre and Chris Kuridrani start on the wing.

In the forward pack, St.George Queensland Reds prop Markus Vanzati comes into the starting side at loosehead while Lukhan Tui will start in the second row after making his Wallabies debut two weeks ago.

University of Queensland front rower Reuben Leilua is in line for a potential Brisbane City debut from the bench while Ryan Freney and Tuaina Tualima have also been named in the match-day 23 for the first time this year.

Brisbane City head coach Heenan: “We’re excited for two home fixtures but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves.

“It was important to get an away win last week after a tough trip to Perth. It’s great to be back at home and we’re expecting a good crowd at Wests’ new facility.

“Issak has had an outstanding club season and he played really well for us off the bench early in the campaign but has had limited game time since then. He’s trained really hard, his attitude has been first class and he deserves an opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Lukhan and Samu back in the side. They’ve spent the last few weeks touring with the Wallabies but have returned eager to rip in and get some game time.

“Samu has been in and around this team since the start of the NRC in 2014 and he’s really passionate about it,” Heenan said.

Sunday's match will feature blue Gilbert match balls as part of a competition-wide drive which sees each NRC team supporting a charity of their choice for the NRC’s ‘cancer awareness round’.

Brisbane City have worked with the Leukaemia foundation and Sunday's match ball will be signed by the team after the match and donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.

The match kicks off at 4:00pm AEST on Sunday October 15 and entry to the ground is FREE.

Brisbane City side to face Melbourne Rising

1. Markus Vanzati – Reds/Souths
2. Andrew Ready – Reds Easts
3. Sam Talakai – Reds/Brothers
4. Lukhan Tui – Reds/Souths
5. Kane Douglas – Reds/Norths
6. Adam Korczyk – Reds/University of Queensland
7. Michael Gunn – Reds/Easts
8. Reece Hewat – Reds/Norths
9. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa – Sunnybank (Brisbane City run-on debut)
10. Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths
11. Ed Fidow – Wests
12. Karmichael Hunt – Reds/Norths
13. Samu Kerevi – Reds/Souths
14. Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS
15. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths

16. Ryan Freney – GPS
17. Reuben Leilua – University of Queensland (Potential Brisbane City debut)
18. Salesi Manu – Bond University
19. Jeremiah Lynch – Wests
20. Tuaina Tualima – Sunnybank
21. Nick Frisby – Reds/GPS
22. James Dalgleish – University of Queensland
23. Lachlan Maranta – Reds/Wests

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