Rebels RD 4 Team Revealed

· Super Rugby
by Rebels Media

Melbourne Rebels Coach Dave Wessels has revealed his Round 4 side to face the Sharks in Ballarat this Saturday afternoon.

History will be made in Ballarat, as the fixture marks the first ever regional game of Super Rugby in Australia in the competitions’s twenty-five year history.

The clash also marks the first time the club has played a home game away from AAMI Park in its ten years of existence, with Elton John pulling rank this Saturday. 

The Rebel's connection to Ballarat runs deep, with the mining town inspiring the clubs name, logo and creed. 

But the celebrations don’t just stop there, with Jermaine Ainsley and Billy Meakes set to bring up their 50th Super Rugby games.  

Ainsley, signed with Melbourne in 2018, will make his second start of this season, replacing Ruan Smith at tight-head prop. 

He will be joined in the front row by newly re-signed prop Matt Gibbon and Steve Misa who will be making his run-on debut at hooker.  

Meanwhile it’s a big weekend for beloved Rebel Billy Meakes, who plays his 50th Super Rugby club game on Saturday, before celebrating his 28th birthday on Sunday. 

Matt To’omua and Reece Hodge have both succumbed to groin complaints and will miss the fixture, paving the way for flatmates Andrew Deegan and Andrew Kellaway to slide into the starting XV.

Kellaway scored two tries in the second half during last Friday’s win over the Waratahs and is the clubs leading try scorer with three in 2020.

Meanwhile, Andrew Deegan comes in for Matt To'omua, marking his first start in Super Rugby.

His selection follows an impressive 2019 campaign with the Western Force in the National Rugby Championship, where the twenty-four-year-old led the competition in points, assists and conversions.   

Tom English will also make his first appearance in the navy blue for 2020, named to start off the bench.

The club stalwart could potentially bring up his 95th cap in Ballarat; drawing him ever closer to becoming the first Rebel to appear 100 times for the Rebels in Super Rugby.

 

No.

Position

name

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Matt Gibbon

2

HOOKER

Steven Misa

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Jermaine Ainsley

4

LEFT LOCK

Ross Haylett-Petty

5

RIGHT LOCK

Matt Philip

6

LEFT FLANKER

Michael Wells

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Richard Hardwick

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Isi Naisarani

9

SCRUMHALF

Ryan Louwrens

10

FLYHALF

Andrew Deegan

11

LEFT WING

Marika Koroibete

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Bill Meakes

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Campbell Magnay

14

RIGHT WING

Andrew Kellaway

15

FULLBACK

Dane Haylett-Petty ©

Replacements:

 

16.

RESERVE Hooker

Anaru Rangi

17.

RESERVE LHP

Cameron Orr

18.

RESERVE THP

Ruan Smith

19.

RESERVE

Gideon Koegelenberg

20.

RESERVE

Angus Cottrell (VC)

21.

RESERVE

Rob Leota

22.

RESERVE

Frank Lomani

23.

RESERVE

Tom English


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