Cape Town - Wallaby prop Tetera Faulkner and wing Marika Koroibete will
make their returns from injury for the Melbourne Rebels' clash with the
The visitors to Brisbane make three changes ahead of their crucial game at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
Kick-off is at 11:45 SA time.
Faulkner will make his first Super Rugby appearance since the win
over the Brumbies in Canberra in May, while Koroibete has shaken off a
back injury that saw him be a late withdrawal from last week’s match
against the Waratahs.
Jermaine Ainsley - fresh from his inclusion in the Wallabies squad
from the June series against Ireland - will start at tighthead.
Wallaby flanker Richard Hardwick also makes a return to the Rebels
line-up via the bench; the 23-year-old in line for his first Super Rugby
match since injuring his knee against the Bulls back in Round 11.
The Rebels will also celebrate a special milestone with flank Colby
Fainga’a in line to make his 100th Super Rugby appearance on Friday.
Fainga’a joined the Rebels in 2014 after 35 appearances for the
Melbourne Rebels head coach Dave Wessels said: “Our focus is to
continue improving with every game. We feel like we’ve done that over
the past two months, but the Reds will provide a significant challenge
on Friday night.
“It’s great to have Tetera’s experience to call upon in the front row
and he’ll be joined on the tighthead side by Jermaine (Ainsley).
“We’re pleased that Marika’s back in mix. Sefa (Naivalu) played
really well last week and will play a big role again off the bench on
“100 matches at any level is fantastic achievement, but to do it in
the most challenging provincial rugby tournament in the world, is a
testament to quality of character and player of Colby. He makes the team
walk a bit taller with his impact on-field, and we hope we can make
Friday night extra special for him.
“We’re here to win games of rugby, keep building on the improvement
of the two last months and to do something really special with this
group of players.”
15 Jono Lance, 14 Filipo Daugunu,
13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses
Sorovi, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Caleb Timu, 5 Kane
Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17
Harry Hoopert, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tate
McDermott, 22 Teti Tela, 23 Aidan Toua
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13
Tom English (captain), 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9
Michael Ruru, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5
Geoff Parling, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Charles, 17
Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Richard
Hardwick, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Sefa Naivalu