Adam Coleman returns to lead Rebels
Sydney - The Rebels
have made four changes to their match day squad for Sunday's Australian derby with the Waratahs
Rebels skipper Adam Coleman returns to the second row after the lock was rested for last weekend’s victory over the Brumbies in Melbourne with sternum soreness.
Coleman’s return will see Ross Haylett-Petty shifted to the back row after head coach Dave Wessels rewarded the physical flanker with a second consecutive start this season after an impressive outing against the Brumbies.
Flyer Marika Koroibete will make his long-awaited first start of the year after the international winger returned from a knee injury via the replacements bench last weekend.
Hooker Jodan Uelese is expected to miss a week after a minor hamstring injury suffered at training midweek which will see Anaru Rangi promoted to the starting line-up for his run-on debut for the Rebels.
Home-grown hooker Mahe Vailanu is in line to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench after the 19-year-old was named on the bench.
“It’s great to have Adam (Coleman) back in the mix this weekend,” said Wessels.
“Having him back in training has really lifted the standard of our set piece work.
"Gus Cottrell was down with the flu in the early part of the week, so we’ve decided to give him the week off.
"It’s another well-deserved opportunity for Ross (Haylett-Petty) – who got through a mountain of work against the Brumbies – to start on the side of our scrum.”
Kick-off is at 07:05 SA time.
15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Michael Wells, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson
Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Alex Newsome, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Ross Haylett-Petty, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Substitutes: 16 Mahe Vailanu, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Colby Fainga’a, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Billy Meakes, 23 Sefa Naivalu