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White's return a boost for Brumbies

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White hasn't played since breaking his collarbone in the Round 17 win over the Rebels but has trained strongly all week and was named in the starting side for Sunday's clash at Canberra Stadium.

The classy half is one of three changes to Jake White's starting XV, with Wallaby forward George Smith and winger Clyde Rathbone also returning.

But White's inclusion could be the most significant, with the 23-year-old in brilliant form before his injury to the extent he was an almost certain selection for the Wallabies squad in their British and Irish Lions series.

He will partner Matt Toomua in the halves, with Ian Prior dropping back to the bench.

"I've played with him (White) a lot and we have a good combination," Toomua said on Friday.

"Quade (Cooper) and Will (Genia) talk about how they just know what's happening with each other.

"We're trying to develop that and you kind of feel it out there."

The major surprise for the Brumbies, who head into the finals on the back of a surprise 21-15 loss to the Western Force last weekend, is White's decision to drop Wallaby winger Joe Tomane to the bench.

Asked about the decision, the Brumbies boss said: "Joey probably is disappointed ... he'd obviously like to be in the starting line-up.

"But we pick a team we think can win the game.

"There is no room for sentiment in rugby."

Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Clyde Rathbone, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), George Smith, Peter Kimlin, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Scott Sio