Genia and Cooper to start in do or die clash

· Super Rugby
by Rebels Media

Melbourne Rebels halves pair Will Genia and Quade Cooper have returned to the starting XV ahead of the Club's must-win match against the Chiefs on Friday night.

The duo are two of six changes to the Rebels starting side which will look to secure a maiden finals berth with a win over New Zealand rivals the Chiefs.

The side will welcome back Anaru Rangi, Jermaine Ainsley, Luke Jones and Marika Koroibete to starting positions.  

Hooker Jordan Uelese, prop Sam Talakai, scrum half Michael Ruru and fly-half Matt To’omua will all start on the bench this week.  

The Melburnians will be without lock Adam Coleman and winger Jack Maddocks, with both succumbing to a shoulder and knee/ calf injury respectively.

Melbourne Rebels Match Day 23 v Chiefs, Friday 14 June, kick off 7:45pm (EST)

Ins: Will Genia, Rob Leota, Campbell Magnay

Outs: Harrison Goddard, Adam Coleman, Jack Maddocks  

1. Tetera Faulkner

2. Anaru Rangi

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Luke Jones

6. Angus Cottrell

7. Richard Hardwick

8. Isi Naisarani

9. Will Genia

10. Quade Cooper

11. Marika Koroibete

12. Billy Meakes

13. Tom English

14. Reece Hodge

15. Dane Haylett-Petty (c)


  16. Jordan Uelese

17. Matt Gibbon

18. Sam Talakai

19. Ross Haylett-Petty

20. Rob Leota

21. Michael Ruru

22. Matt To'omua 23. Campbell Magnay