Turinui speaks on Rebels future ahead Barbarians clash

by Sam Phillips

If the Rebels are able to gel in 2018, assistant coach Morgan Turinui believes they "can do anything".

The new look coaching staff, led by former Force coach Dave Wessels, will have far more talent at their disposal next season but that will present its own set of unique challenges.

While bringing in the likes of Adam Coleman and Dane Haylett-Petty - who are believed to be on the cusp of joining Wessels in Melbourne - can only help, bringing in as many as 12 fresh faces will mean the coaching staff must get the team to gel in the space of a preseason if they are to immediately reverse the one win 2017.

"We'll have some really excellent coaches and some really talented players joining our talented players and good coaches and hopefully you will see better performances," Turinui told RUGBY.com.au.

"Bringing together those two groups, if we gel as a team I think we can do anything."Morgan Turinui will form part of a new look Rebels coaching staff in 2018. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyTurinui said the club would explore using the past 12 months, a time in which both clubs have been through emotional rollercoasters, to try and bring the two playing groups together.

"It's definitely something worth exploring," he said.

"I obviously think we weren't as harshly dealt with as the Force - they were under scrutiny for almost 12 months and I was really impressed with how that galvanised them as a team.

"They really used that emotionally whereas we were at pains not to use that.

"We always considered ourself safe and probably to our detriment, to be honest.

"If it's a way to bring two groups together, which is going to be really important at the Rebels next year, I think it's definitely worth looking at."Turinui will trade Barbarians colours for a Classic Wallabies jersey tomorrow. Photo: Getty ImagesTurinui is in Lismore ahead of the Classic Wallabies' clash with the Barbarians tomorrow, a match that will raise funds for the Lismore Flood Relief.

"We've got some young legs that have been brought in to lighten the load on some of the classic Wallabies and it's going to be good fun to play against a Barbarians team that I have had the honour of playing for - it's always a special occasion," he said.

"It's funny, if you talk to any international players, especially these days - playing for the Barbarians is probably the most fun they ever had.

"I think playing with guys you have played against traditionally - it's often South African and New Zealand players and a smattering of English and French guys.

"It's just a great way to get different guys to come together and play together."

Every cent made from the match will go towards the Lismore Flood Relief fund, as the town continues to rebuild from the floods that tore through in March.

"It's been a really tough time for a bit less than 12 months for the people of Lismore," Turinui said.

"They're in a tough place geographically so it's not the first time and it won't be the last.

"This is a good way to continue to promote the game of rugby in regional sectors but to also make a difference in that every single cent made tomorrow at the game will go back to the Lismore Flood Relief Fund."

The Barbarians will take on the Classic Wallabies on Tuesday October 24, kicking off at 5:30pm AEDT, raising money for the Lismore Flood Appeal. The game will be streamed LIVE on RUGBY.com.au.

The Wallabies vs Barbarians kicks off at 3pm AEDT on Saturday October 28, at Allianz Stadium, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Network Ten and Win.