Tatafu Polota-nau of the Waratahs tackles Curtis Browning of the Reds during the round 1 Super Rugby match between the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.  (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Tatafu Polota-nau of the Waratahs tackles Curtis Browning of the Reds during the round 1 Super Rugby match between the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DEAN LEWINS

Browning to meet Stormers head on

The cauldron of Newlands Stadium against the Stormers is where Reds No.8 Curtis Browning will get another Super Rugby starting opportunity, but he can't wait to play in front of a rabid crowd, and against a renowned back row.

Browning, in for the injured Jake Schatz (knee), will tonight oppose Springbok Nizaam Carr. And at some stage he will no doubt lock horns with one of the best back-rowers in the modern era in Springboks great Schalk Burger.

But the 22-year-old said he would relish the task.

"They're going to be a very abrasive side, they're going to be physical and they'll look to try and bully us out of the game," Browning said. "So it's up to us to be ready for a strong battle up front."

Second-rower Rob Simmons' return from a shoulder injury has shifted Cadeyrn Neville to the bench.

For the Stormers, Damian de Allende will make his first start of the season at inside centre, and will partner Johnny Kotze in midfield, after co-captain Juan de Jongh was ruled out (concussion).

Meanwhile, the Waratahs received some welcome news ahead of tonight's match against the Force in Perth, with home-grown talents Jed Holloway (for three years), and Andrew Kellaway and Matt Sandell (two years), re-signing.

And the Brumbies have made just one change from the side that defeated the Waratahs 26-20 at Allianz Stadium last Saturday, with halfback Michael Dowsett returning to the bench for Joe Powell for tomorrow's clash with the Crusaders in Canberra.



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