Reece Hodge has returned to the Rebels starting lineup for Friday’s Super Rugby AU showdown with the Waratahs in Sydney.
In one of three changes to the side, Hodge slots back in at outside centre at the expense of Campbell Magnay, who picked up an injury in training earlier in the week.
Rookie lock Trevor Hosea is fast tracked into the second row, while loosehead prop Cameron Orr comes into the starting side with Matt Gibbon dropping back to the bench.
Rebels – 15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr.
Subs: 16 Efitusi Maafu, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Michael Stolberg, 20 Esei Haangana, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Deegan.
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