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- 22nd Feb 2013
- KO 08:40
- Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Rebels v Brumbies - Super Rugby match preview
Melbourne Rebels coach Damien Hill has named an unchanged 22-man squad for Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies at AAMI Park.
That means Australian fly-half James O'Connor will get the chance to add to his impressive 15-point tally against Western Force last time out, and with a relatively new squad, Melbourne will be looking to build on an already-apparent cohesion.
Hill's side come into the game on the back of an impressive 30-23 victory over the Force and will be aiming for back-to-back wins when the host the Brumbies.
Brumbies coach Jake White makes one forced change to the starting side which beat the Reds 24-6 last week, with Joe Tomane handed a start at No.14.
Tomane replaces Fijian flyer Henry Speight, who damaged his ribs during last week's clash - although positive news for Brumbies fans is that the injury is not serious.
Young gun Tevita Kuridrani will make his first appearance of 2013 on the Brumbies bench - due to Speight's injury - and will be joined by Scott Sio who has claimed the number 17 jersey ahead of Ruaidhri Murphy.
Melbourne Rebels: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 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 Nick Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 David Pocock, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.
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