The Rebels and the Blues tackle each other in Melbourne this weekend, as both teams build towards the start of the Super Rugby season, kicking off on 24 February.
The Rebels have opted to play two completely different teams in each half, and have announced them as such. This means each player will get a full 40 minutes. It is interesting to note the Mark Gerrard will play the entire game, as he has been selected in both teams.
The Rebels went down 36 – 0 against the Chiefs last weekend, and coach Damien Hill will be looking for a much better performance from his side. He has James Hilgendorf, Mitch Inman and Adam Freier returning to take part in this game, after recovering from various injuries. Stirling Mortlock is still a glaring omission in midfield.
For the Blues, there are a few changes as well as players returning from injury, as Piri Weepu gets his chance to play at flyhalf in the place of Michael Hobbs. Isaia Toeava and Ali Williams return to the fold, as does Daniel Braid, who missed a lot of last season’s action due to injury. Brother Luke Braid is still on the sidelines with an injury of his own. Keven Mealamu has not been considered due to injury.
First half: 1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Adam Byrnes, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Tom Chamberlain, 7. Michael Lipman, 8. Gareth Delve, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. James O’Connor, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Kurtley Beale.
Second half: 1. Eddie Aholelei, 2. Luke Holmes, 3. Rodney Blake, 4. Alister Campbell, 5. James King, 6. Luke Jones, 7. Luke Beauchamp, 8. Tim Davidson, 9. Richard Kingi, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Lloyd Johansson, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Julian Huxley.
Interchange bench (for either half): Luke Holmes, Adam Freier, Alister Campbell, Nic Henderson, Luke Jones, Gareth Delve, Lachlan Mitchell, Cadeyrn Neville, James Hilgendorf, Nick Phipps, Tim Davidson, Mitch Inman, Rodney Blake, Tom Chamberlain, Rex Taupauai, James Hilgendorf, Heath Tessman, Ethan Ford, Isaiah Mosese, Rex Taupauai, Heath Tessman, Paul Alo Emile
1. Tevita Mailau, 2. Tom McCartney, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 4. Liaki Moli, 5. Ali WIlliams, 6. Chris Lowrey, 7. Daniel Braid, 8. Jerome Kaino, 9. Alby Mathewson, 10. Piri Weepu, 11. Sherwin Stowers, 12. Michael Hobbs, 13. Rene Ranger, 14.David Raikuna, 15. Isaia Toeava.
Replacements: Benson Stanley, Hadleigh Parkes, Lachie Munro, Rudi Wulf, Gareth Anscombe, Angus Ta’avao, Teofilo Paulo, Anthony Boric, Brad Mika, James Parsons, Dan Pryor, Peter Saili.Tweet