• Injury boost for Rebels

    The Rebels have made three changes for their match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

    Flyhalf Jack Debreczeni returns to the starting lineup, after he sat out the Lions clash with a knee injury. Mike Harris is shifted back to fullback with Jonah Placid dropping to the bench.

    In other changes to the backs, Sefanaia Naivalu will make his first Vodacom Super Rugby start on the wing, in place of the injured Dom Shipperley, who has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hand injury.

    In the forward pack, Cadeyrn Neville comes in for Lopeti Timani at No 5 lock.

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

    Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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    Mariette Adams