Pyle and Fuglistaller start for Rebels against Lions

Rebels’ Head Coach Tony McGahan has made four changes to the Super Rugby team that lost to the Reds in Melbourne for Friday’s match against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Foundation Rebel Hugh Pyle returns to the starting lineup as one of three changes to the forward pack, with the recently re-signed Shota Horie and Scott Fuglistaller also injected into the contest from the outset.

In the backs, Tom Kingston comes in to the wing, while young fullback Jack Debreczeni and flyhalf Bryce Hegarty will share the initial place kicking duties with Jason Woodward on the bench.

Flanker Jordy Reid returns to the matchday squad, and will be looking to make his second appearance of the season after impressing as a replacement against the Brumbies in Canberra in Round 16, while flyer Telusa Veainu is again named as a replacement and will be hopeful of making his fifth appearance for the Club.


1. Toby Smith,2. Shota Horie,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Hugh Pyle,5. Luke Jones,6. Colby Fainga’a,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Luke Burgess,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Tom Kingston,15. Jack Debreczeni

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Cadeyrn Neville,20. Jordy Reid,21. Nic Stirzaker, 22. Jason Woodward, 23. Telusa Veainu

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