Crawford to make Rebels debut against Stormers

The Rebels have named former Brumbies and Waratahs back Cam Crawford to make his debut for the Melbourne franchise against the Stormers in Cape Town.

Crawford will become the 84th player to represent the Rebels after being named on the wing in the starting line up.

Cruze Ah-Nau will make his first start of 2015 at loosehead prop after featuring off the bench in every match this season, while Tom English returns to the starting lineup on the left wing.

Dom Shipperley will again play outside centre, after playing there against the Blues at AAMI Park in Round 13, while Japanese International prop Keita Inagaki is named on a Super Rugby bench for the first time and could become the third Japanese international to represent the Rebels.

Rebels’ Coach Tony McGahan was forced into three changes to his starting lineup, as Tamati Ellison (groin), Sefanaia Naivalu (concussion) and Toby Smith (back) miss out, but flanker Scott Fuglistaller returns to the starting lineup in Cape Town.

Rebels

1. Cruze Ah-Nau ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Paul Alo-Emile ,4. Luke Jones,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Scott Fuglistaller ,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Nic Stirzaker,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Tom English ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Dom Shipperley ,14. Cam Crawford ,15. Mike Harris

Replacements:16. Tom Sexton ,17. Keita Inagaki ,18. Laurie Weeks ,19. Cadeyrn Neville,20. Jordy Reid,21. Colby Fainga’a ,22. Luke Burgess,23. Bryce Hegarty

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