Rebels bring back international trio to face Reds

The Rebels have named their team to play the Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and Head Coach Tony McGahan has been able to bring three internationals back into the squad.

Wallaby backrower Sean McMahon and All Black centre Tamati Ellison are injected straight into the starting lineup after each missing last week’s 42-22 win against the Blues with minor injuries, while Wallaby tighthead prop Laurie Weeks is named on the bench after recovering from a knee injury sustained in Round Seven against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

McGahan said it was pleasing to welcome back the trio.

“Sean, Tamati and Laurie are all important members of our squad and each of them bring unique Rugby experience and great enthusiasm, ” McGahan said. “Sean and Tamati could have played last week at a stretch, but their bodies are better for the break, while Laurie has worked very hard to return ahead of schedule and that’ll be a big boost to the group. “

McGahan said that with just one player unavailable for selection this week, some difficult decisions had to be made prior to naming the side.

“When you look at the calibre of players outside of the starting side and outside of the matchday squad, it’s a real sign of the depth we’ve developed at the Rebels, ” he said. “What that means is that each and every one of the guys named to play has to be accountable to their own role, against what will be a very strong Queensland side with a lot of international and Super Rugby experience.

“The whole team are excited to travel to Brisbane together and work hard to secure a positive result. “

Rebels

1. Toby Smith ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Paul Alo-Emile ,4. Luke Jones ,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Jordy Reid ,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Nic Stirzaker ,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Sefanaia Naivalu ,12. Mitch Inman,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Dom Shipperley ,15. Mike Harris

Replacements:16. Tom Sexton ,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Laurie Weeks,19. Cadeyrn Neville,20. Colby Fainga’a ,21. Luke Burgess ,22. Bryce Hegarty ,23. Tom English

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