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Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has named an experienced team to play the Brumbies at AAMI Park Melbourne on Friday including Mike Harris.

Harris is one of three returning experienced players as Colby Fainga’a and Lopeti Timani also return to the side.

Harris returns to the side at fullback for the first time since he suffered a quad injury in the Rebels opening round game against the Force in Perth.

After two appearances off the bench, including a try against the Blues before the bye, Fainga’a has been recalled to the starting 15 for the first time since he injured his elbow against the Force in the opening round.

Timani has recovered from a quad injury to be selected in the run-on team after the 25-year-old missed the game against the Blues in Auckland.

“We’ll be calling on all our experience on Friday night against the Brumbies so it’s great to welcome back Colby, Mike and Lopeti back in the starting 15,” Rebels Head Coach Tony McGahan said.

“It’s exciting for the club to still be in the conversation at this point of the season but we’re under no illusion about the importance of this game so we need to back ourselves and our abilities for this opportunity.”

The Rebels bench has received a boost as well with Tom English named as a reserve after a knee injury sidelined the winger since the team’s fifth round loss to the Highlanders at AAMI Park.

Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Jamie Hagan , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Lopeti Timani , 6. Colby Fainga’a , 7. Sean McMahon , 8. Adam Thomson , 9. Nic Stirzaker (captain) , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Cam Crawford , 12. Reece Hodge , 13. Tamati Ellison , 14. Sefa Naivalu , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Tim Metcher , 19. Sam Jeffries , 20. Jordy Reid , 21. Ben Meehan , 22. Tom English , 23. Kotaro Matsushima

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