Burgess starts as Rebels make one change for Tahs

Rebels head coach has made one forced change to the team that beat the Crusaders for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker has been suspended for one week, so Wallaby Luke Burgess moves to the starting lineup and exciting second-year Rebel Ben Meehan is named in the matchday 23 for the first time this year.

Whilst disappointed to lose Stirzaker, McGahan had faith in the ability of both his scrumhalves to cover the loss.

“Nic is an important player for us, but we have quality players within this position,” he said.

“Luke and Ben will drive us from scrumhalf this week. Both are looking forward to the opportunity to be part of the starting side and matchday squad respectively, and look forward to playing their role within the team.”

McGahan was pleased to be able to have some continuity in the lineup.

“Our Performance and Medical staff have done an excellent job in ensuring that we have an almost entirely full squad to pick from,” McGahan said.

“As with last week, that means some talented players miss out, but it’s a positive to be able to acknowledge the strong performances of Round One through retaining those players in the squad this week.”

Former Western Force hooker Ben Whittaker remains a chance to make his Rebels debut if he is called off the bench in this game.

Rebels

1. Toby Smith ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Laurie Weeks ,4. Luke Jones ,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Colby Fainga’a ,8. Scott Higginbotham ,9. Luke Burgess ,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Tom English ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Dom Shipperley ,15. Mike Harris

Replacements :16. Ben Whittaker ,17. Cruze Ah-Nau ,18. Paul Alo-Emile ,19. Sam Jeffries ,20. Scott Fuglistaller ,21. Ben Meehan ,22. Bryce Hegarty ,23. Sefanaia Naivalu

* Denotes Rebels debut

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