Koegelenberg excited to earn first Rebels start

· Super Rugby

Former Sharks lock Gideon Koegelenberg has earned his first start for the Melbourne Rebels to face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday night. Koegelenberg says he's very excited to be given the opportunity and is up for any challenges the Highlanders throw at him.

The Rebels take on the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday, February 28, kicking off at 5:05pm AEDT and broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports, Kayo and via RUGBY.com.au radio.