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Rebels Super Rugby coach David Wessels has named a team with five changes for this Saturday’s match against the Jaguares at AAMI Park.

The Haylett-Petty brothers headline two of five changes to the Melbourne Rebels’ starting lineup ahead of Saturday afternoon’s clash with Argentinian side, the Jaguares.

Flanker Richard Hardwick, prop Sam Talakai, lock Geoff Parling, join Ross and Dane Haylett-Petty as the returns to the starting XV, while Jermaine Ainsley, Matt Philip and Lopeti Timani have been included on the bench.

Centre Reece Hodge will miss his first match since Round Four in the 2016 Super Rugby season with a hamstring strain, while backrower Angus Cottrell has been omitted.

Both Hardwick and Talakai will start on the field for the first time in their Rebels career, while Anaru Rangi’s form has kept Wallabies hooker Jordan Uelese on the bench.

Dane Haylett-Petty will return to fullback after overcoming a concussion sustained in Round Five, leaving Jack Maddocks to return to the wing. Tom English will partner Billy Meakes in the centres.

Former England international and British and Irish Lion, Geoff Parling will partner captain Adam Coleman in the second row.

Melbourne Rebels

Tetera Faulkner , Anaru Rangi , Sam Talakai , Geoff Parling , Adam Coleman , Ross Haylett-Petty , Richard Hardwick , Amanaki Mafi , Will Genia , Jack Debreczeni , Marika Koroibete , Billy Meakes , Tom English , Jack Maddocks , Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : Jordan Uelese , Ben Daley , Jermaine Ainsley , Matt Philip , Colby Fainga’a , Lopeti Timani , Michael Ruru , Sefa Naivalu

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