Coleman ruled out of clash with Brumbies

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Rebels have been dealt a huge blow for their showdown with the Brumbies, losing skipper Adam Coleman to sternum soreness.

The star lock was an integral part of Melbourne's win over the Sunwolves, wreaking havoc at lineout time and playing an understated hand in the Rebels attack.

But he pulled up particularly sore after the match and has since been ruled out of the Australian Conference blockbuster, with Ross Haylett-Petty getting the nod in the second row alongside Matt Philip.

Outside of the forced change, coach Dave Wessels has stuck solid with the starting XV that has claimed convincing wins through the opening fortnight.Marika Koroibete is back for the Rebels. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThere is some movement on the bench, though, with Marika Koroibete and Richard Hardwick making their returns from injury.

Ben Daley has also been named on the pine.

"Unfortunately for Adam with the travel and a six-day turnaround that he hasn’t pulled up from a knock against the Sunwolves in time for Friday night but it’s exciting to welcome back Marika, Dickie (Richard) and Ben," Wessels said.

"Ross also thoroughly deserves his chance to start – he works incredibly hard around the field for such a big man and brings some real intensity in the contact areas."

TEAM

Rebels team to face the Brumbies

1. Tetera Faulkner

2. Jordan Uelese

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Ross Haylett-Petty

6. Lopeti Timani

7. Angus Cottrell

8. Amanaki Mafi

9. Will Genia

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Sefa Naivalu

12. Reece Hodge

13. Tom English (C)

14. Jack Maddocks

15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Reserves

16. Anaru Rangi

17. Ben Daley

18. Sam Talakai

19. Colby Fainga’a

20. Richard Hardwick

21. Michael Ruru

22. Billy Meakes

23. Marika Koroibete

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