Sydney - Melbourne Rebels skipper Stirling Mortlock is out of their Super
Rugby season opener against Waratahs on Friday night but star team-mate
Kurtley Beale is tipped to play.
The outside centre failed to overcome a calf injury
suffered almost a month ago, while fullback Beale's recovery from a
hamstring injury is on track for him to line up against his old side at
Western Force recruit Mitch Inman is likely to start in the No 13 jersey after impressing during the Rebels' trials.
Melbourne, who had a first-round bye, are also set to go
into the match without first-choice hooker Ged Robinson, who also has a
Former Wallaby Adam Freier, who has battled back and arm
injuries over the past two seasons, is in the running to take his place
along with Heath Tessman.
The Rebels will name their side on Wednesday.