Round 9 Team Announcement vs Brumbies

· Super Rugby - AU
by Rebels Media

The Melbourne Rebels will enter this Sunday’s Community Round clash against the second-placed Brumbies, welcoming back a plethora of Super Rugby experience.

Rebels’ Head Coach, Dave Wessels, has made eight changes to last week’s match day squad, headlined by the inclusion of Wallabies’ flanker, Isi Naisarani, who is set to run out on AAMI Park for the first time since March 7, 2020, after successfully recovering from a lower leg injury.

Joining Naisarani in making their first appearance of 2021, will be reigning Weary Dunlop Award recipient, Cameron Orr, and centre, Campbell Magnay.

Ross Haylett-Petty has also been recalled after serving his three-match suspension.

Melbourne Rebels’ Head Coach, Dave Wessels, said:

“It’s awesome to have so many guys back in the mix – we’ve gone through the majority of the season without having a lot of our senior players on deck, but having said that, I’m really proud of the guys who’ve held those positions, because they’ve done a really great job.

“We’ve missed three wins by the last play of the game, so we know we’re not far away, but we need to make sure we’re finishing off the moments we are creating, especially now being at the business end of the season. Every point and every moment in the game matters, so we need to be aware of that.”

After performing strongly since returning in Round 5, Matt Gibbon has been named to make his first start of the season, replacing Cabous Eloff at loosehead prop.

The twenty-five-year-old will be joined in the front row by James Hanson and Pone Fa’amausili.

Narre Warren product, Trevor Hosea, will partner with fellow Burn Boy, Rob Leota, in the second row for the second consecutive game, while the ever-reliable trio of Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells and Josh Kemeny, will once again start as their side’s loose forwards.

Joe Powell will enter his first clash playing at home against his former side, carrying strong form after running for a season-high 48 metres and evading 4 defenders last week.

Powell will be joined by Matt To’omua at the 10, after the Rebels’ Skipper successfully recovered from a head knock suffered in the second half of last weekend’s match with the Western Force.

To’omua will be looking to repeat his most recent encounter with the Brumbies, in which the 113-game veteran slotted 8 penalty goals from 8 attempts, on his way to scoring 24 points for Melbourne.

Joining the returning Magnay at centre is Stacey Ili, who’s due to play the seventh game of his blossoming Super Rugby AU career.

The fastest wings in the competition will once again lead Melbourne’s attack, with Marika Koroibete and Frank Lomani selected at 11 and 14 respectively, while Tom Pincus returns at starting fullback, replacing Reece Hodge, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend.

Pincus has compiled an impressive season to date, playing all six games and placing firmly in his side’s top performers for carries, metres run and clean breaks and looms as an important player in his side’s quest for their third win of the season.

This round shapes as a crucial moment in the Rebels’ 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign, with one point separating them from the fourth-placed Western Force, with just two games remaining in the regular season.

Sunday’s contest will also provide a special moment for the Victorian Rugby community, with the Rebels using the fixture to celebrate the phenomenal growth of rugby across the club’s home state.

As part of the celebrations and the Rebels’ commitment to supporting grassroots rugby, for every Victorian rugby club or school which purchases a ticket to Sunday’s game, by using their unique codeword, they’ll receive half of the ticket revenue.

With dry weather forecast, and a crucial finals-like clash against the Brumbies at a family-friendly time, the Rebels’ last home game of Super Rugby AU promises to be a special afternoon for all in attendance.

The Melbourne Rebels clash with the Brumbies at AAMI Park on Sunday, April 18 at 2 PM. The match will be shown as free, live and on demand on Stan Sports, while tickets can be purchased online through Ticketek.

 

No.

Position

name

NOTES

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Matt Gibbon

 

2

HOOKER

James Hanson

 

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Pone Faamausili (FR)

 

4

LEFT LOCK

Robert Leota

 

5

RIGHT LOCK

Trevor Hosea

 

6

LEFT FLANKER

Joshua Kemeny

 

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Richard Hardwick

 

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Michael Wells (VC)

 

9

SCRUMHALF

Joe Powell

 

10

FLYHALF

Matt To’omua ©

 

11

LEFT WING

Marika Koroibete

 

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Campbell Magnay

 

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Stacey Ili

 

14

RIGHT WING

Frank Lomani

 

15

FULLBACK

Tom Pincus

 

Replacements:

 

 

In order from Hooker to Full Back - Please see notes 2/3

 

16.

RESERVE

Jordan Uelese

FR HOOKER (FR)

17.

RESERVE

Cabous Eloff

FR LH

18.

RESERVE

Cameron Orr

FR TH

19.

RESERVE

Lucio Sordoni

 

20.

RESERVE

Ross Haylett- Petty

 

21.

RESERVE

Isi Naisarani

 

22.

RESERVE

Brad Wilkin

 

23.

RESERVE

James Tuttle

 

24.

RESERVE

Lewis Holland

 

25.

RESERVE

Glen Vaihu

 

 

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