Shipperley set to make Rebels Super Rugby return

Melbourne Rebels winger Dom Shipperley will be considered for selection against the Brumbies this weekend after recovering from a broken hand injury.

Shipperley, who suffered the injury in his 50th Super Rugby appearance against the Lions in Round Six, will return to action two weeks ahead of schedule, while fellow Wallaby Laurie Weeks is also tracking well in his recovery from a knee injury suffered against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Rebels’ Head of Athletic Performance Bryce Cavanagh praised both Shipperley and the Club’s medical staff for their hard work in trying to achieve an early return for Dom.

“Dom is a true professional in the way he approaches everything, and his attitude towards his rehabilitation has reflected that professionalism,” Cavanagh said.

“Rehabilitation coordinator Alex Rigby and Doctor Asheer Singh have also worked so hard to get him returning early; the attention to detail they’ve provided for Dom has been outstanding.”

The Rebels had a bye in Round Nine of the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby competition, and will have had a total of fifteen days without a match when they travel to Canberra to face the Brumbies on Saturday evening. Cavanagh believes that the extended preparation for this match came at a good time.

“We were able to give the players a few days off after the win against the Reds, as there were no Dewar Shield fixtures over the Easter period,” Cavanagh explained. “It allowed a few of the boys to refresh mentally and physically.”

A record number of Rebels then played in the Direct Connect Dewar Shield over the weekend, and will be considered for selection alongside the remainder of the squad ahead of Thursday’s team announcement.

Dom Shipperley: Right Hand Fracture, Available
Laurie Weeks: Left Tibial Plateau Fracture, 2-4 weeks

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