Harris starts for Rebels at 10 against Lions

The Melbourne based Rebels have named a Super Rugby team to play the Lions with just one change to the side that beat the Force last week.

2013 and 2014 Australian U20s fullback Jonah Placid, who made one Super Rugby appearance for the Reds before moving to Melbourne prior to the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, will make his Rebels debut.

Mike Harris and Dom Shipperley will each make their 50th Super Rugby appearance this week, with Harris moving to flyhalf and Placid starting at fullback.

Jack Debreczeni appeared on track to play this week but has been withdrawn with a minor knee complaint which opened the door for Harris to start at ten.

In better news on the injury front, Lopeti Timani has been declared fit to play after a head knock last week, while Tom Sexton has again been named as a replacement and is a chance to make his Rebels debut.

McGahan said he was pleased with the impact Harris and Shipperley have made since moving to Melbourne, and was delighted that they get to celebrate their milestone in front of a home crowd who have quickly warmed to then.

“Mike and Dom have had a big impact on the group, both on and off the field, and make the job of their teammates a lot easier,” McGahan said.

“I’m pleased for both of them to reach this milestone despite having plenty of years of Rugby ahead of them, and I know the Rebels members and fans at AAMI Park will get behind them and the rest of the team as we look to build on last weekend’s victory in Perth.”

McGahan said he was confident that Placid would make the most of his first opportunity to play Super Rugby for the Rebels, after impressing at AAMI Park for the Melbourne Rising.

“Jonah is somebody who we believe has a very exciting future, and all the signs in training indicate he is ready to play at this level,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him in action on Friday night.”

Rebels

1. Toby Smith ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Laurie Weeks ,4. Luke Jones ,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham ,9. Nic Stirzaker ,10. Mike Harris ,11. Tom English ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Dom Shipperley ,15. Jonah Placid *

Replacements: 16. Tom Sexton #,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Steve Cummins ,20. Colby Fainga’a ,21. Luke Burgess ,22. Bryce Hegarty ,23. Sefanaia Naivalu

* Denotes Rebels debut
# Denotes potential Super Rugby debut

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