English headlines three changes for Rebels

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by Matt Lewis

Tom English will make his long-awaited return to the Melbourne Rebels starting team, after seven weeks on the sideline.

English is one of three changes to the starting XV with Mitch Inman back at inside centre, while Sam Jeffries replaces the injured Luke Jones who misses with a sore back.

English comes in for Cam Crawford who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken hand, while former All Black Tamati Ellison makes way for Inman in the centres.

Mitch Inman replaces Tamati Ellison in the centres. Photo: Getty Images

Rebels coach Tony McGahan is confident the players selected will able to cover the players ruled out by injury.

“We gave the players every opportunity to prove their fitness but unfortunately a few knocks from last weekend have forced our hand for Saturday,” McGahan said.

“The injuries have given Tom, Mitch and Sam the opportunity to come back into the starting line up and they’re all eager to do well and push their cases for the business end of the season.”

Former Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva will make his first appearance for his home state off the bench after Pat Leafa injured his back at training on Thursday.

The Rebels play the Chiefs at 5:30pm AEST Saturday, LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

TEAM

1. Toby Smith

2. James Hanson

3. Jamie Hagan

4. Sam Jeffries

5. Lopeti Timani

6. Colby Fainga'a

7. Sean McMahon

8. Adam Thomson

9. Nic Stirzaker (captain)

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Tom English

12. Reece Hodge

13. Mitch Inman

14. Sefa Naivalu

15. Mike Harris

RESERVES

16. Siliva Siliva

17. Cruze Ah Nau

18. Tim Metcher

19. Culum Retallick

20. Jordy Reid

21. Ben Meehan

22. Jonah Placid

23. Kotaro Matsushima

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