Rebels stick to winning side

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has named an unchanged side for their clash with the Hurricanes in Melbourne on Friday.

The home side, who are coming off a bye in Round Seven, have gone with the same side that claimed their first win over the Waratahs in Sydney two weeks back.

Captain Nic Stirzaker has overcome a head knock which saw him substituted during the first half against the Waratahs while Sefa Naivalu’s return to Super Rugby from a broken leg continues with a second consecutive week on the reserves bench.

"Stability in a team is important for consistency and the extra week of rest has allowed us to pick an unchanged side for the Hurricanes," McGahan told the Rebels official website.

"The win against the Waratahs before the bye was huge for the club but we need to capitalise on the result with another spirited performance against the Hurricanes to kick off an important three weeks for the Rebels."

Flanker Scott Fuglistaller has been named amongst the replacements and will record his 50th Super Rugby appearance should he take the field.

Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (c), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Sefa Naivalu

Date: Friday, April 15
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Time: 19:40 local (09:40 GMT)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Referees: Damien Mitchelmore, Ed Martin
TMO: Peter Marshall