Vodacom Super Rugby
Cipriani to start at flyhalf
Melbourne - Danny Cipriani's return to Vodacom Super Rugby has been rubber stamped with his selection in the Melbourne Rebels' line-up for their clash with the Brumbies on Friday.
The troubled flyhalf hasn't played since the end of April when he was suspended for an off-field breach and then due to a contractual stand-off with Melbourne.
But Cipriani will take over from Julian Huxley at No 10 for the match in Canberra.
Huxley has shifted to the centres, Mark Gerrard to fullback and last week's custodian, Richard Kingi to the wing, with Lachlan Mitchell relegated to the bench.
Hard-working lock Hugh Pyle is out with a hamstring injury with Kevin O'Neill his replacement.
Rodney Blake returns to the side at loose-head prop and Greg Somerville comes in at tight-head with Laurie Weeks a reserve.
Rebels: 15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Richard Kingi, 13 Stirling Mortlock (capt), 12 Julian Huxley, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Kevin O'Neill, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Rodney Blake
Substitutes: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Adam Byrnes, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Lachlan Mitchell, 21 Peter Betham, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau