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Genia and Cooper return for Rebels must-win match

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Melbourne Rebels Super rugby head coach Dave Wessels has included his halves pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper for the team’s must-win match against the Chiefs on Friday.

The duo are two of six changes to the Rebels starting side which will look to secure a maiden finals berth with a win over New Zealand rivals the Chiefs.

The side will welcome back Anaru Rangi, Jermaine Ainsley, Luke Jones and Marika Koroibete to starting positions.

Hooker Jordan Uelese, prop Sam Talakai, scrum-half Michael Ruru and fly-half Matt To’omua will all start on the bench this week.

The Melburnians will be without lock Adam Coleman and winger Jack Maddocks, with both succumbing to a shoulder and knee/ calf injury respectively.

Melbourne Rebels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Campbell Magnay

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