Ellison back for Rebels

The Rebels have made four changes for Saturday's game against the Vodacom Bulls in Melbourne.

Former All Blacks outside centre Tamati Ellison returns to the starting XV after a short injury lay-off and replaces Sefanaia Naivalu, who drops out of the match 23.

In other changes to the backline, left wing Cam Crawford and scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker have been recalled to the run-on side ahead of Tom English and Luke Burgess respectively.

Among the forwards, tighthead prop Paul Alo-Emile replaces Laurie Weeks, who is serving a three-week suspension for punching Jannie du Plessis.

Rebels – 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Subs: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Tom English.

Photo: Melbourne Rebels

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