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Wessels makes three Rebels changes for Hurricanes

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Rebels Super Rugby head coach Dave Wessels has named a team with three changes to the starting line up to face the Hurricanes at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Flanker Lopeti Timani, lock Matt Phillip and utility back Tom English all return to the starting line-up, replacing lock Geoff Parling, flanker Colby Fainga’a and wing Sefa Naivalu.

Wallaby prop Ben Daley has returned to the Rebels’ bench after overcoming a concussion injury sustained against the Waratahs, while Wallaby hooker Jordan Uelese is also included on the bench in place of Mahe Vailanu. ,

The Rebels have again selected a 6-2 forwards-backs split on the bench, with Ross Haylett-Petty returning to the matchday 23 after being rested against the Sharks last weekend. Ross’ brother Dane was not considered for selection this week as a precaution after taking slightly longer than expected to overcome concussion symptoms sustained in the Waratahs game.

Rebels Head Coach, Dave Wessels said of his selections : “I can honestly say this week has been the toughest selection I’ve ever had to make. We are very fortunate to have so many players fit, it’s been incredibly hard and I’ve had a few sleepless nights.

“In our coaches’ discussion, I’ve never had less of a consensus than we had this week. It’s a great problem to have.”

Looking ahead to facing their first New Zealand side the Hurricanes Wessels said: “They’re a good side and you obviously have to respect that. But our focus has been – as it is every week – on playing in a way that makes the people of Melbourne proud.”

Rebels

1. Tetera Faulkner , 2. Anaru Rangi , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Matt Philip , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Lopeti Timani , 7. Angus Cottrell , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Will Genia , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Marika Koroibete , 12. Billy Meakes , 13. Reece Hodge , 14. Tom English , 15. Jack Maddocks

Replacements : 16. Jordan Uelese , 17. Ben Daley , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ross Haylett-Petty , 20. Colby Fainga’a , 21. Richard Hardwick , 22. Michael Ruru , 23. Sefa Naivalu

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