• Rebels co-captain back for Force clash

    Scott Fuglistaller returns to the starting XV in the only change to the Rebels side for their match against the Force on Friday.

    The Rebels co-captain's inclusion at openside flank sees Colby Fainga'a drop to the bench, while there are also potential Vodacom Super Rugby debuts for reserves Tom Sexton and Steve Cummins.

    'We have an extremely competitive back row with plenty of competition for places. Scott comes in this week for his first starting opportunity of 2015, and we’re looking forward to him playing his role', said coach Tony McGahan.

    'Tom has worked hard to return from a serious knee injury and deserves his selection. Steve Cummins has impressed in the early part of the season with his knowledge and improvement following a stint with Eastwood and the EP Kings in South Africa's Currie Cup last season.'

    Rebels – 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), Scott Fuglistaller (c), 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 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 Steve Cummins, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

    Photo: MelbourneRebels.com.au

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    Mariette Adams