Rebels coach Tony McGahan has made four changes to his side for their match against the Stormers at Newlands.
Former Waratah Cameron Crawford will make his Rebels debut on the right wing, with Dom Shipperley moving to outside centre to replace the injured Tamati Ellison.
Influential left wing Sefanaia Naivalu has also been ruled out with a concussion and Tom English will take his place in the team. In the pack, loosehead prop Cruze Ah-Nau is set to make his first start this year and Scott Fuglistaller replaces Jordy Reid on the side of the scrum.
Japanese international prop Keita Inagaki has been named in the match 23 and could make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut if he makes an appearance off the bench.
Rebels – 15 Mike Harris, 14 Cameron Crawford, 13 Dom Shipperley, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Subs: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Colby Fainga'a, 22 Luke Burgess, 23 Bryce Hegarty.
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