Parling set to make Super Rugby debut

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Rebels coach Dave Wessels has named an unchanged starting XV, as Melbourne prepare to take on the Sunwolves.

The starting XV may be the same but Wessels has made two changes to the bench, Geoff Parling set to make his Super rugby debut in place of the injured Sam Jeffries, with Colby Faingaa coming onto a 6-2 bench.

Faingaa's inclusion has squeezed Semisi Tupou out of the 23-man squad.Colby Faingaa is one of two inclusions on the Rebels bench. Photo: Getty Images"I’ve been really pleased to see how the players have responded at training from our performance on Friday night," Wessels said.

"We acknowledge that we’ve still got plenty of hard work ahead of us but the attitude and intensity the players have brought to training this week - with a desire to get better - has been great."

The match will also mark captain Adam Coleman's 50th Super Rugby cap.


Rebels team to face the Sunwolves

1. Tetera Faulkner

2. Jordan Uelese

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Adam Coleman (c)

6. Lopeti Timani

7. Angus Cottrell

8. Amanaki Mafi

9. Will Genia

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Sefa Naivalu

12. Reece Hodge

13. Tom English (vc)

14. Jack Maddocks

15. Dane Haylett-Petty


16. Anaru Rangi

17. Fereti Sa’aga

18. Sam Talakai

19. Geoff Parling

20. Ross Haylett-Petty

21. Colby Fainga'a

22. Michael Ruru

23. Billy Meakes