Harris returns for Rebels to face Waratahs

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has named his team to play the Blues AAMI Park in Melbourne and brought back Tom English, Colby Fainga’a and Mike Harris to the starting line up.

Fainga’a replaces Sean McMahon, who after a bang on his hip and a heavy schedule this year gets a rest, while Tamati Ellison will miss this week due to general soreness.

Harris resumes his starting spot at fullback, after being a late withdrawal last week with a corked thigh.

McGahan was pleased to also welcome Scott Fuglistaller back into the squad for the visit of the Blues.

“Colby came on pretty early against the Chiefs and showed just what an important member of our team he is; he’ll do a great job for us from the start,” McGahan said.

“Tom English gets his opportunity on the wing, and we’re also really looking forward to seeing Dom Shipperley move into the midfield coming off a really strong performance last Saturday.

“Mike and Scott Fuglistaller come back into and bring some great experience and leadership, against what is a quality opponent with plenty of big-game pedigree.”

Rebels

1. Toby Smith ,2. Pat Leafa,3. Paul Alo-Emile ,4. Luke Jones ,5. Lopeti Timani,6. Colby Fainga’a ,7. Jordy Reid ,8. Scott Higginbotham (c),9. Nic Stirzaker ,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Sefanaia Naivalu ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Dom Shipperley ,14. Tom English ,15. Mike Harris

Replacements:16. Tom Sexton,17. Cruze Ah-Nau ,18. Tim Metcher,19. Cadeyrn Neville ,20. Scott Fuglistaller,21. Luke Burgess ,22. Bryce Hegarty ,23. Telusa Veainu

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