Maddocks in line for shock Rebels debut

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by Beth Newman

Jack Maddocks has only just signed with the Melbourne Rebels after a standout U20s season but the dual sporting star is set for his Super Rugby debut against the Reds.

The U20s fullback penned a deal for the 2017 season and beyond with Melbourne but injuries and his impressive showing in training accelerated his progression.

Maddocks' opportunity comes after injuries to a handful of Rebels players, including starting fullback Mike Harris (hamstring), who will not have a chance to farewell Super Rugby before heading to Lyon.

Coach Tony McGahan said the teen had been a standout in training since joining the club in sessions as injury cover.

"Jack’s impressed us at training last week and really impressed with the Australian U20s in Manchester, he’s a good physical player and gets an opportunity this weekend,” he said.

“He gets this opportunity because we think he can play, we certainly wouldn’t put him out there if there was any doubts about whether he can handle Super Rugby. We have faith in him that he can deliver.”

The Rebels will welcome back big-name stars for the clash, with Sean McMahon and Luke Jones overcoming injury to line up in the side for Saturday's clash, while reece Hodge has also shakend off a shoulder concern to start at inside centre.

Mitch Inman also returns at outside centre, pushing youngster Sione Tuipulotu to the bench.

Jones's lock partner Lopeti Timani wasn't so fortunate, failing to overcome a concussion for the second week in a row.

Melbourne Rebels team to face Queensland Reds, Saturday 7:40pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium

1. Toby Smith

2. James Hanson

3. Laurie Weeks

4. Luke Jones

5. Culum Retallick

6. Sean McMahon

7. Jordy Reid

8. Colby Fainga'a

9. Nic Stirzaker (captain)

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Tom English

12. Reece Hodge

13. Mitch Inman

14. Sefa Naivalu

15. Paul Asquith

Reserves

16. Pat Leafa

17. Cruze Ah Nau

18. Jamie Hagan

19. Sam Jeffries

20. Rob Leota

21. Ben Meehan

22. Sione Tuipulotu

23. Jack Maddocks*

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