Team Announcement vs Hurricanes

· Super Rugby Trans-Tasman
by Rebels Media

The Melbourne Rebels will welcome back a wave of Super Rugby experience ahead of Friday night’s crucial clash against the Hurricanes at Sky Stadium.

Interim-Head Coach, Kevin Foote, has made several changes to last week’s Match Day XV, including welcoming back Rebels’ fan favourite, Andrew Kellaway, who has returned to Melbourne for the remainder of the Harvey Norman Trans-Tasman tournament.

Back after a successful stint with the NEC Green Rockets in Japan’s Top League, Kellaway’s ability to pressure defences with his explosive speed and insatiable appetite at the try line, will be a welcome addition to a Rebels side looking to apply increased scoreboard pressure on Friday night.

Joining Kellaway for their first match of Trans-Tasman will be Wallabies squad member, Trevor Hosea, who has been selected at right lock.

Fellow Wallabies’ teammate, Isi Naisarani, returns to the starting side after serving out his three-match suspension, named at the number eight, with Vice-Captain, Michael Wells shifting back to left flank, and Josh Kemeny, on the right-hand side.

Joe Powell has a new partner at the halves, with Carter Gordon’s impressive run of form leading to promotion at starting flyhalf.

Meanwhile Captain, Matt To’omua, makes his first appearance at inside centre for season 2021, combining with Campbell Magnay who shifts to the outside, while Marika Koroibete joins Andrew Kellaway and George Worth in rounding out the Rebels’ starting XV.

The trio of James Hanson, Matt Gibbon and Lucio Sordoni, will make their second consecutive appearance as reserve front rowers, with Ross Haylett-Petty and Richard Hardwick rounding out the back row cover, while James Tuttle, Stacey Ili and Frank Lomani complete the Rebels’ 23.

Melbourne Rebels’ Interim- Head Coach, Kevin Foote, said:

“We are really pumped to have two great players coming back into our pack in Trevor and Isi, who are both very physical and keen to get back after suspension, while Kellaway brings experience and a very balanced game to our back three.

“With a short turnaround and travel, we have really come into the week with a great focus and energy to be better. We know that our set piece and exits where not up to scratch and our defence means more to us than what was presented last week, and we’re looking forward to Friday night.”

Friday night’s contest will be the Rebels first of three straight road games and is the first match the Rebels have played in New Zealand in an astonishing 448 days.

The Melbourne Rebels face the Hurricanes on Friday, May 21, beginning at 7:05 PM AEST. The Round 2 clash can be seen exclusively live and on-demand on Stan Sport AU.  

No.

Position

name

NOTES

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Cameron Orr

 

2

HOOKER

Jordan Uelese

 

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Cabous Eloff

 

4

LEFT LOCK

Robert Leota

 

5

RIGHT LOCK

Trevor Hosea

 

6

LEFT FLANKER

Michael Wells (VC)

 

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Joshua Kemeny

 

8

NUMBER EIGHT

IsI Naisarani

 

9

SCRUMHALF

Joe Powell

 

10

FLYHALF

Carter Gordon

 

11

LEFT WING

Marika Koroibete

 

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Matt To’omua ©

 

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Campbell Magnay

 

14

RIGHT WING

Andrew Kellaway

 

15

FULLBACK

George Worth

 

Replacements:

 

 

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

 

16.

RESERVE

James Hanson

FR HOOKER

17.

RESERVE

Matt Gibbon

FR LH

18.

RESERVE

Lucio Sordoni

FR TH

19.

RESERVE

Ross Haylett-Petty

 

20.

RESERVE

Richard Hardwick

 

21.

RESERVE

James Tuttle

 

22.

RESERVE

Stacey Ili

 

23.

RESERVE

Frank Lomani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note (1)          Please indicate Captain with a “(C)” and Vice Captain with a “(VC)” in front of their name

 

 

 

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