Rebels debut for Higginbotham

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 12 Feb 2013 at 13:13
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A match between the Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels is hardly the ideal fare to kick of Super Rugby in 2013, but that’s what we’re going to get and I guess we’ll have to live with it.

The Rebels have become the first team to confirm a match-day line-up for the news season, with their squad for Friday night’s opener featuring a new face in the form of former Reds flanker (and Wallaby) Scott Higginbotham. Remember that four of the Aussie teams will be in action this weekend, a week ahead of the kick-off of Super Rugby proper for the rest of the world; this is due to a need to somehow squeeze the Lions tour of Australia into an already overcrowded calendar.

Stalwarts James O’Connor (fullback) and Kurtley Beale (flyhalf) will once again be the main play-makers for the Rebels, who will hope to bring a bit more consistency to their play in this, their third season of Super Rugby. Look out for replacement hooker Shota Horie; he’s a Japanese international and will become the first of his countrymen to play Super Rugby should he take the field.

Melbourne Rebels:15 James O’Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (captain) 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.

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