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Rebels change four for Brumbies


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Rebels head coach Dave Wessels has named a Super Rugby team with four changes for this Friday’s match against the Brumbies at AAMI Park in Melbourne

Wessels has named Richard Hardwick, Marika Koroibete and Ben Daley for their first appearances of the 2018 campaign off the bench, but lose captain Adam Coleman for the Australian Conference derby.

Coleman is expected to miss just one week after the lock failed to overcome sternum soreness suffered in last weekend’s 20-point victory over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

Ross Haylett-Petty will join brother Dane in the starting line-up for the first time this season after the lock was promoted to the run-on team.

Hardwick and Koroibete will return to action via the reserves bench after the pair were sidelined for the opening two games of the season with minor knee injuries.

Daley is set to make his first appearance in Rebels colours after injury sidelined the new recruit for the two pre-season trial matches and the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.

A week after setting a new club record with two wins to start a season, the Rebels will be looking to continue to make history on Friday night with a third consecutive victory for the first time in the club’s history.

Coleman’s absence will see centre Tom English captain the Rebels for the first time in Super Rugby.

Melbourne Rebels

Tetera Faulkner, Jordan Uelese, Jermaine Ainsley, Matt Philip, Ross Haylett-Petty, Lopeti Timani, Angus Cottrell, Amanaki Mafi, Will Genia, Jack Debreczeni, Sefa Naivalu, Reece Hodge, Tom English (c), Jack Maddocks, Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : naru Rangi, Ben Daley, Sam Talakai, Colby Fainga’a, Richard Hardwick, Michael Ruru, Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete

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