Horwitz to debut in Rebels' Japan exhibition

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by Beth Newman

Former Waratahs centre Dave Horwitz is set to make his Rebels debut in Japan this week, named in Melbourne's side for an exhibition match in Japan.

Coach Dave Wessels has picked a new-look squad, made up mainly of NRC players, to take on Jake White's Toyota Verblitz, captained by no. 8 Rob Leota.

Lock Sam Jeffries is set to make his return from injury for the clash as well.

Wessels said the match would be relatively experimental, more just a chance to see his players in action.

Henry Hutchison had been taking on the 10 role in recent weeks. Photo: ARU Media/Karen Watson"We’re just going to try to keep it simple,” Wessels said.

“I just want to see how those guys react in a game like situation.

“We’ll use a lot of the same stuff that the Rising were doing in the NRC from a game plan, which will change going into Super Rugby.”

Wessels will have a chance to test himself against long-time mentor White, who has found success coaching in Japan with the Verblitz.

“Jake is always going to run a very good show so they’ll be very organised and have a lot of star talent there so it will be a good test for us,” he said.

“They’re midway through their season so their systems will be pretty well bedded down and we’ve only been training for four days so there will be a real contrast there.

“We understand that.”

The Melbourne Rebels will take on the Toyota Verblitz at Toyota Stadium on Sunday November 12, 2pm local, 4pm AEDT.


Rebels to take on Toyota Verblitz

1. Tom Moloney

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa

3. Fereti Sa’aga

4. Alex Toolis

5. Sam Jeffries

6. Jock Armstrong

7. Ikapote Tupai

8. Rob Leota (captain)

9. Harrison Goddard

10. Tayler Adams

11. Henry Hutchison

12. David Horwitz

13. Sione Tuipulotu

14. Latu Latunipulu

15. Kitione Ratu


16. Siliva Siliva

17. Rory O’Connor

18. Sam Needs

19. Jason Havea

20. David Hickey

21. Mahe Vailanu

22. Maradona Farao

23. Jack McGregor

24. Hunter Paisami