McMahon to lead Rebels

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by Matt Lewis

Sean McMahon will captain the Melbourne Rebels for their clash against the Stormers on Saturday.

Nic Stirzaker injured his ankle at training on Tuesday, leaving the opportunity for McMahon to lead the side.

Ben Meehan will start at scrumhalf in Stirzaker’s absence while Jonah Placid has been named on the wing, leaving Sefanaia Naivalu to move to outside centre.

Head coach Tony McGahan said his side has been working hard during the break as they look to finish the season strongly.

“We’ve had a really good couple of weeks on the training ground, including an exhibition game against the Hurricanes last week, so we’re looking forward to the remaining three weeks and strong finish to the season,” McGahan said.

“Unfortunately we’ve lost Nic to injury during the week but we’ve shown already this season that we’ve got the depth and leadership across the field to pick up the responsibilities.

The Rebels faithful will farewell two stars at Saturday’s final home match of the season with foundation player Luke Jones moving to Bordeaux in the off season and Mike Harris to Lyon.

“The final home game of the season is always a special occasion for players and fans but Saturday night’s game holds extra significance for the club as we a farewell foundation player and acknowledge Luke’s contribution to the Rebels over the last six years.”

Former Australian Sevens star Paul Asquith has been named on the bench for what will be his Super Rugby debut, while veteran Laurie Weeks has also been named on the bench in his return from injury.

The Melbourne Rebels play the Stormers at AAMI Park on Saturday at 7:30pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

1. Cruze Ah Nau

2. James Hanson

3. Toby Smith

4. Luke Jones

5. Lopeti Timani

6. Jordy Reid

7. Sean McMahon (captain)

8. Colby Fainga'a

9. Ben Meehan

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Tom English

12. Reece Hodge

13. Sefa Naivalu

14. Jonah Placid

15. Mike Harris


16. Pat Leafa

17. Tom Moloney

18. Laurie Weeks

19. Culum Retallick

20. Adam Thomson

21. Mick Snowden

22. Mitch Inman

23. Paul Asquith