TEAM NEWS: English out as Meakes and Hodge partner up in Rebels midfield

Super Rugby
by AAP

Wallabies hopeful Billy Meakes has forced his way back into the Melbourne Rebels starting side to face Queensland in their Super Rugby clash on Friday night.

Meakes has replaced Tom English at inside centre after impressing when he came off the bench in last round's loss to the Hurricanes.

Rebels coach Dave Wessels said he was looking for Meakes's combination with five-eighth Quade Cooper to help end their run of three successive losses.

Jordan Uelese is still not back in the Rebels squad but is expected to play club rugby in Sydney this week ahead of a return the following week.


The Melbourne Rebels host the Queensland Reds on Friday night, 7.30pm, at AAMI Stadium. Live on FoxSports, Kayo Sports and Radio

Rebels team vs Reds

15. Dane Haylett-Petty (c)

14. Jack Maddocks

13. Reece Hodge

12. Billy Meakes

11. Marika Koroibete

10. Quade Cooper

9. Will Genia

8. Isi Naisarani

7. Angus Cottrell

6. Luke Jones

5. Matt Philip

4. Ross Haylett-Petty

3. Jermaine Ainsley

2. Anaru Rangi

1. Tetera Faulkner

Reserves: Hugh Roach, Matt Gibbon, Sam Talakai, Pone Fa'amausili, Rob Leota, Richard Hardwick, Michael Ruru, Campbell Magnay.