Reece Hodge at 10 for Rebels
Cape Town - The Rebels have made two changes to the starting XV that
beat the Blues at the beginning of June, as they prepare to restart their
season with a top-of-the-Conference clash against the Waratahs at AAMI Park on
Ben Daley makes his first start for the season in the
front-row and is joined by Sam Talakai, while Geoff Parling steps into the
second-row to cover for injured Rebels captain, Adam Coleman (adductor).
Michael Ruru retains the scrumhalf jersey with Will Genia
(arm) on the sidelines.
On the bench, hooker Nathan Charles returns to the playing
23 following Jordan Uelese’s season-ending knee injury.
Jack Debreczeni also makes his first Super Rugby appearance
since the win over the Brumbies in Canberra. The team includes 11 Test players.
A win would see the Melbourne Rebels - currently one point
adrift of the Waratahs - reclaim top spot on the Australian conference with
just two games left to play.
In Coleman’s absence, centre Tom English will captain the
side on Friday.
Melbourne Rebels head coach Dave Wessels said: “We have some
really experienced players in our line-up who can handle the big moments in big
“We’re gonna go out there and give it a real crack in-front
of everyone at the Stockade (AAMI Park) - it’s exciting…it’s going to be a
bomb-cracker of a contest.
“Above everything, we just want to put in another
performance where the people of Melbourne can be proud of us.”
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 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Ben Daley
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Sefa Naivalu
15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley (captain), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Will Miller, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson
Substitutes: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Alex Newsome