Rebels winger out for season

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by Beth Newman

Cam Crawford's Super Rugby season is over because of a broken hand.

Crawford suffered the injury against the Brumbies last Friday night, with scans over the weekend confirming the prognosis.

The 27-year-old has been consistent for the Rebels this season, with two tries to his name, including the opener against the Brumbies last weekend.

Tom English's return has been timely for the Rebels, then, with the Melbourne winger coming off the bench on Friday night after missing six weeks with a knee injury.

Crawford's injury is the second season-ending injury to a Rebels winger this season, with Dom Shipperley's 2016 already over with an ACL injury.

The Rebels travel to Waikato this weekend to take on the Chiefs, on the hunt for their first win over a Kiwi side.

Toby Smith is in Wallabies calculations, but first his focus is on the Chiefs. Photo: Getty ImagesRebels prop Toby Smith, who played for the Chiefs before moving to Melbourne, said it would be a tough challenge for the side.

"It’s a good challenge," he said.

"It's a bit different for me having played a few seasons with the Chiefs. It's another big game for us and pretty exciting."

After showing an improved performance against the Brumbies, Smith said the confidence was growing through the group.

"I think there’s a lot of belief in the team now that we’re up there with the good sides and competing well and if we can put that 80-minute performance together it’s really going to show," he said.

"There’s definitely a lot of will in the group to be able to do that."

Smith has been one of the standout Rebels this season, a status that has escaped few with the Wallabies June Tests just around the corner, but the 27-year-old said he was just focused on Super Rugby for now.

"I just focus on trying to play well each week and get right week to week and improve areas of my game."

The Rebels take on the Chiefs on Saturday at 5:35pm AEST.