Smith returns as Rebels brace for new-look backrow

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Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

The Melbourne Rebels look set to blood some new faces in South Africa, with flanker Colby Faingaa staying in Melbourne.

Faingaa remained in Melbourne as the rest of the squad flew to Durban, awaiting the birth of his first child.

His absence means the Rebels could be set to field two new backrow faces against the Sharks on Sunday morning (AEDT), with Lopeti Timani also at home, suspended for four weeks for kicking.

Lock Dominic Day has also been left out of the squad with injury, leaving the Rebels with a selection conundrum in the second row.

Experienced prop Toby Smith is in contention to play in Durban, after a long layoff with a hamstring injury.

Short-term recruits Hugh Sinclair and Will Miller have been included in the trip, after being signed as injury replacements last week.

The Rebels left for Durban on Monday morning, ahead of their clash with the Sharks this Sunday and a match against the Kings a week later.

The Rebels take on the Sharks at 3:30am Sunday morning AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


IN: Will Miller, Ikapote Tupai, Esei Haangana, Toby Smith, Jake Schatz, Jordan Uelese, Sione Tuipulotu

OUT: Lopeti Timani, Colby Faingaa, Dom Day

Melbourne Rebels to tour South Africa

Steve Cummins

Jack Debreczeni

Tom English

Jackson Garden-Bachop

James Hanson

Esei Haangana

Reece Hodge

Mitch Inman

Marika Koroibete

Tyrel Lomax

Amanaki Mafi

Tom Moloney

Will Miller

Sefa Naivalu

Culum Retallick

Fereti Sa’aga

Jake Schatz

Hugh Sinclair

Siliva Siliva

Toby Smith

Mick Snowden

Nic Stirzaker

Ikapote Tupai

Sione Tuipulotu

Jordan Uelese

Laurie Weeks

Ben Volavola