Burgess to start for Rebels

The Rebels have made two changes to their match-day squad to face the Waratahs in Melbourne on Friday.

On the back of their 20-10 victory over the Crusaders, the Rebels have retained the bulk of the team that did the job in Christchurch. 

The only change in the starting lineup sees Wallabies scrumhalf Luke Burgess come in for Nic Stirzaker, who has been handed a one-week suspension by the Sanzar judiciary for stamping on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw minutes into the match at AMI Stadium.

The 22-year-old Ben Meehan takes up Burgess's spot on the bench to complete the match-day 23.

Rebels – 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Subs: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu. 

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