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Rebels team for Cheetahs


The RaboDirect Rebels have announced their side for this week’s match against the Cheetahs, with Jordy Reid and Paul Alo-Emile both making their Rebels and Super Rugby run on debut.

Captain, Gareth Delve, said the team are looking forward to Saturday’s game on the back of their historic loss to the Sharks.

“We’ve reviewed Saturday’s game completely honestly. Everybody was happy to put their hand up for the mistakes they made.

“Media fallout over the last couple of days has allowed us to be aware of the disappointment of fans and members back in Melbourne.

“Everyone’s excited to get out there and right some of the wrongs from last weekend.

“We’ve got a massive opportunity to turn things around and I’m expecting a big response from the players this week.”

Round 7 – RaboDirect Rebels team to face the Cheetahs at Free State Stadium 5.05pm Saturday March 30 (2.05am Sunday, March 31 AEST).

1 Nic Henderson
2 Ged Robinson
3 Paul Alo-Emile^
4 Hugh Pyle
5 Luke Jones
6 Gareth Delve
7 Jordy Reid^
8 Scott Higginbotham
9 Nick Phipps
10 Angus Roberts
11 Jason Woodward
12 Lachlan Mitchell
13 Mitch Inman
14 Richard Kingi
15 James O’Connor

16 Shota Horie
17 Laurie Weeks
18 Cadeyrn Neville
19 Jarrod Saffy
20 Scott Fuglistaller
21 Nic Stirzaker
22 Rory Sidey
23 Tom English

^Run on debut

Unavailable: Kurtley Beale, Cooper Vuna (discipline)

Rebels team for Sharks announced


The RaboDirect Rebels welcome the return of their Captain, Gareth Delve, from injury for their first tour match against the Sharks in Durban.

The Rebels also welcome back Wallaby winger, Cooper Vuna, who has missed the Club’s opening matches with a scapular injury he sustained in the first trial last month.

RaboDirect Rebels Head Coach, Damien Hill, has also rewarded promising New Zealand born winger, Jason Woodward, selecting the talented rookie in the run on side for his debut.

“The Club is in a great position having players such as Jason and Cooper available for selection.

“Cooper is renowned for his try scoring ability, while Jason has shown in last season’s ITM Cup he is a player of the future,” said Hill.

“Gareth has made an immediate impact since returning. His on and off field leadership will be a great acquisition for this young Rebels side taking the field.”

While it will be an historical match for Woodward, the night will also celebrate Laurie Weeks’ 50th Super Rugby Cap.

Rebels Hooker Ged Robinson paid tribute to his front row teammate.

“Many people would appreciate the work Laurie does on the field, but the people who know him personally and at this Club understand how important he is to the team dynamic and how resilient he has been over the past two seasons to get to this point.

“He is a very popular member of the Melbourne Rebels Club.”

The RaboDirect Rebels Team to play the the Sharks at Kings Park March 23. Kick off 5.05pm (LIVE FOXSPORTS 3 March 24. Kick off 2.05am AEST)

1. Nic Henderson

2. Ged Robinson

3. Laurie Weeks*

4. Hugh Pyle

5. Luke Jones

6. Scott Higginbotham

7. Scott Fuglistaller

8. Gareth Delve (c)

9. Nick Phipps

10. James O’Connor

11. Cooper Vuna

12. Lachlan Mitchell

13. Mitch Inman

14. Jason Woodward^

15. Angus Roberts

16. Shota Horie

17. Paul Alo-Emile

18. Cadeyrn Neville

19. Jordy Reid

20.  Nic Stirzaker

21. Rory Sidey

22. Richard Kingi

*50th Super Rugby Cap

^Super Rugby Debut

Not considered due to injury: Kurtley Beale, Kimami Sitauti.

Rebels 13, Reds 23


It is off to Melbourne for the second game today as the Rebels host the Reds.

Reds team for Rebels


St.George Queensland Reds defensive linchpin Anthony Faingaa returns from injury at outside centre for Friday’s round four Super Rugby clash against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

O’Connor captains Rebels


The RaboDirect Rebels have named James O’Connor as flyhalf for their must win match against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park this Friday night.

Waratahs team for Rebels


HSBC Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to the starting team to play the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

O’Connor captains Rebels


James O’Connor to Captain the RaboDirect Rebels against the NSW Waratahs.

Rebels unchanged for Brumbies


The RaboDirect Rebels have named an unchanged side for their match against the ACT Brumbies this Friday night at AAMI Park.

Rebels team announced for Super Rugby opener


The RaboDirect Rebels have announced their side for their opening match against the Western Force at AAMI Park this Friday, with six new faces in the squad of 22.

Beale at 10 for Rebels


The RaboDirect Rebels have named Kurtley Beale at flyhalf for their final trial match against the Hurricanes at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites


When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and the Sharks.

Rebels sign Higginbotham


Queensland Rugby will farewell championship-winning Reds flanker Scott Higginbotham at the end of the 2012 FxPro Super Rugby season after it was announced today he will join the Melbourne Rebels from 2013.

Saders change 5 for Rebels


The Crusaders head to Melbourne tomorrow in preparation for their match against the Rebels on Saturday night.

Flip back for Bulls


Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke included fit again Flip van der Merwe in the starting line-up for Friday’s Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne.

Blues name strong side for Rebels


Blues head coach Pat Lam finally has the luxury of naming a full strength front row for Thursday night’s match against the Rebels, with Keven Mealamu returning from injury to partner All Black teammate Tony Woodcock and Charlie Faumuina in the engine room.

Crusaders, Highlanders teams named


The Crusaders have named their team to take on the Lions at Coca-Cola park this weekend.

Rebels 30, Force 29


The home team lost in the dying seconds last week while the visitors recorded a famous victory in Sydney.  Prepare for a typical Ozzie scrap for top honours.

Cheetahs team announced for Rebels


The Cheetahs have announced their team to take on the Melbourne Rebels this weekend.

Higgenbotham & Faingaa return for Reds


Queensland Reds openside flanker Liam Gill earns his first starting opportunity of 2012 while Wallabies forwards Scott Higginbotham and Saia Faingaa return from injury for Saturday’s round three Super Rugby encounter against the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium.

Rebels announce team for Tahs match


Damien Hill has named his 22-man squad for Friday night’s blockbuster clash against the Waratahs at AAMI Park with kick-off scheduled for 7.40pm.

Waratahs change one for Rebels


Former Australian Sevens captain Bernard Foley will wear the No. 15 jersey when the HSBC Waratahs take on the Melbourne Rebels this Friday night at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

Rebels hold onto MacQueen


The RaboDirect Rebels today announced that Rod Macqueen has agreed to extend his role with the club until the end of 2013.

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Cheetahs 41, Rebels 21


The high-flying Cheetahs will look for a record-breaking 4-wins in a row when they host the Rebels.

Rugby News (Thu): Cipriani linked with Bath


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Cheetahs makes one enforced change


Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske, made one injury enforced change to the team that beat the Crusaders last weekend.

Rebels leave Danny at home


The RaboDirect Rebels have released the following 26 man squad ahead of the upcoming tour to South Africa.

Rebels 18, Reds 33


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News (Mon): Smit could miss Brumbies game


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Waratahs 28, Rebels 9 (Full time)


The Rebels travel to Sydney to face the Tahs in an all-Aussie derby where even the premiers of each state got involved.

Blues 40, Rebels 23 (Final score)


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Cipriani has a dream


Not for the first time in his rugby career, Danny Cipriani has been misunderstood. There is no truth to rumours that he will quit the Melbourne Rebels at the end of this season to return to England.

That’s not to say he won’t be going home once the Rebels’ inaugural Super Rugby campaign is done.

His most fervent hope is to earn a recall to the England squad for the World Cup and, in a sense, that dream permeates his every performance for the Rebels. But World Cup or not, he will be pulling on the Melbourne jersey again in 2012.

“I signed a two-year deal when I initially signed and I’m happy with the situation I’m in right now,” Cipriani said. “I’m enjoying my time here, enjoying the season. We’re going really well and I’d like to see us keep improving and moving forward.”

The Rebels are indeed going well, better, with three wins already to their credit, than any expansion club since the Brumbies won seven in their first year of Super 12.

Cipriani played an eye-catching role in two of those wins, landing a penalty goal right on full-time to sink the Brumbies 25-24 and then audaciously cross-kicking to Richard Kingi for a shock try in the Rebels’ second one-point win over Western Force in Perth. And while it would be unfair to single him out for special mention in the extraordinary come-from-behind triumph over the Hurricanes, he certainly played his part.

The question is whether Cipriani has caught the eye of the only person who really matters as far as he is concerned, England coach Martin Johnson.

It is scarcely a secret that Cipriani didn’t hit it off with Johnson right from the start, but arguably the real damage was done in Brian Ashton’s dying days as England coach. On the eve of what should have been his Test debut against Scotland in the 2008 Six Nations, Cipriani was caught leaving a nightclub at 12.30am and dumped from the side.

He was recalled for the very next Test, the last of the Ashton era, and turned in a scintillating performance in the 33-10 defeat of Ireland, but Johnson clearly had reservations about him and it only took a too-early return from an ankle injury and a sharp drop in form for the new coach to wipe his hands of his talented but troublesome five-eighth.

Depressed, Cipriani almost gave the game away. But then came news of the new club starting up in faraway Melbourne. Everything about it spelt “fresh start’ and somehow Cipriani convinced the new Rebels coach Rod Macqueen to take a chance on him.

There have been moments of friction and a $5000 club fine was imposed after a silly prank gone wrong, but neither coach nor player has any regrets about how things have worked out for Cipriani in Melbourne.

“At the beginning it was a tough start to be away from home and your family and friends,” Cipriani said.

“But the Rebels really embraced me and took me in and I felt like one of them.

“I came out here to rediscover my love for the game because I was really close to not playing it for very much longer last year. And it’s done everything I wanted it to do. I’m loving rugby again and playing with a smile on my face.”

He might want to moderate his facial expressions because, heaven knows, Johnson is not big on smiling. He is not a renowned fence-mender either and there have been no messages of encouragement from him although, intriguingly, Johnson’s backs coach Brian Smith has been quietly corresponding with the Rebels coaches, keeping tabs on the player many still regard as England’s best five-eighth.

Cipriani isn’t proud, not these days anyhow. He’s making no claims on the number 10 jumper. He’ll take a wing spot if that’s the only way to pull on the England jumper again. He’ll sit on the bench.

Heck, he’ll be a dirty-dirty if need be, a squad member not in the match 22. He still has half a season of Super Rugby left to win Johnson over, starting Friday against the Highlanders at The Stockade.

Rebels selects a ‘Du Plessis’


South African born JP du Plessis will most likely make his debut for the Melbourne Rebels this weekend as he is selected on the bench for the match against the Hurricanes.

Gerrard out of a month


The Rebels suffered a cruel blow on top of their disappointing loss to the Sharks.

Rebels 32, Sharks 34 (Final score)


The Sharks travel to Melbourne to take on the new kids on the block, the Rebels.

Chiefs 38, Rebels 10 (Full time)


The Chiefs play host to a Rebels side on a high after scoring their first Super rugby win last weekend.

Chiefs team for Rebels clash


The Chiefs have announced their team to take on the Rebels in their first home game of the of the Super Rugby competition for 2011.

Rebels 25, Brumbies 24 (Full time)


Our second match in Round 2 takes us back to Melbourne, where the Rebels are still searching for their first points of the season against the Brumbies.

Rebels 0 v. Waratahs 43 (Full time) – Welcome to the big time Rebs


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