Beale will play his first game of the 2012 tournament after suffering from an ongoing hamstring injury.
Hill has made several changes to the starting line-up with Luke Jones moving to lock and replacing Adam Byrnes, who was banned for 10 weeks after an eye-gouging complaint by Waratahs centre Tom Carter in the Waratahs’ 35-19 round-two win last weekend. The Rebels are currently appealing the verdict but Jones will have to step into the second row for the time being.
Hugh Davidson cracks the nod and will get his first start of the year at flank. Meanwhile, in the backline, Mark Gerrard shifts from fullback to right wing and Richard Kingi will also start at scrumhalf.
Skipper and centre Stirling Mortlock is still out with a calf injury.
1. Nic Henderson, 2. Adam Freier, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Luke Jones, 5. Hugh Pyle (vc), 6. Tim Davidson, 7. Tom Chamberlain, 8. Gareth Delve (c), 9. Richard Kingi, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. James O’Connor, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Kurtley Beale.
16. Luke Holmes, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Alister Campbell, 19. Jarrod Saffy, 20. Nick Phipps 21. Lachlan Mitchell, 22. Julian Huxley.
|DAY & DATE||MATCH||HOME VENUE||Kick off local||Kick off in New Zealand||Kick Off in Australia (NSW/ACT)||Kick off in South Africa||Kick off in United Kingdom|
|Fri. 9 March .||Crusaders v Chiefs||Napier||19:35||Fri. 9 Mar 19:35||Fri. 9 Mar 17:35||Fri. 9 Mar 8:35||Fri. 9 Mar 6:35|
|Fri. 9 March.||W Force v Hurricanes||NIB Stadium, Perth||19:05||Sat 10 Mar 00:05||Fri. 9 Mar 22:05||Fri. 9 Mar 13:05||Fri. 9 Mar 11:05|
|Sat. 10 March.||Brumbies v Cheetahs||Canberra Stadium, Canberra||15:35||Sat 10 Mar 17:35||Sat 10 Mar 15:35||Sat 10 Mar 06:35||Sat 10 Mar 04:35|
|Sat. 10 March.||Highlanders v Waratahs||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||19:35||Sat 10 Mar 19:35||Sat 10 Mar 17:35||Sat 10 Mar 8:35||Sat 10 Mar 06:35|
|Sat. 10 March.||Reds v Rebels||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||19:40||Sat 10 Mar 21:40||Sat 10 Mar 19:40||Sat 10 Mar 10:40||Sat 10 Mar 08:40|
|Sat. 10 March.||Sharks v Lions||Kings Park, Durban||17:05||Sun 11 Mar 4:05||Sun 11 Mar 2:05||Sat 10 Mar 17:05||Sat 10 Mar 15:05|
|Sat. 10 March.||Bulls v Blues||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||19:10||Sun 11 Mar 6:10||Sun 11 Mar 4:10||Sat 10 Mar 19:10||Sat 10 Mar 17:10|