Another Rebel faces the axe

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 09:59
Large damien hill rebels Large rebel general Large damien hill rebels2 Large damien hill rebels 630 Large raymond rhule cheetahs v re Large cheetahs v rebels4

Head coach Damien Hill could be the next Rebel to face the axe, as the Melbourne franchise's season continues to spiral out of control.

Head coach Damien Hill could be the next Rebel to face the axe, as the Melbourne franchise's season continues to spiral out of control.

The Rebels are currently 13th in the Super Rugby standings, after five successive defeats - with the underperforming outfit beset by on-field and off-field troubles.

Last week one of the Rebels' most expensive high-profile players, Wallaby utility back Kurtley Beale, quit the game in  the wake of another drunken indiscretion.

Beale and wing Cooper Vuna were both sent home for a post-match altercation in the team bus in the wake of their record loss to the Sharks.

According to reports in the Australian media Rebels Chief Executive Steve Boland hinted that Hill could join Beale on the sidelines if the team's fortunes  don't improve soon.

Hill is contracted until the end of the current season.

"We've had some discussions with Damien," Boland told the Australian Associated Press.

"The coaching window and player recruitment window can't wait until the end of the season, for those sorts of decisions so we need to make a decision on our coach well before the end of the year.

"We're all in the same boat. We need to see some performances that justify the team we've got and the effort everybody's putting in."

The Rebels flew into Perth on Monday following a winless South African tour - which included the record 10-try defeat and the sending home of the two Wallabies, Beale and Vuna.

Despite the presence of high-profile internationals like back row forward Scott Higginbotham, James O'Connor, Nick Phipps and Beale, the Rebels's only win has been against fellow Aussie strugglers the Western Force in Week One.

Among the rumblings of discontent, O'Connor, also coming off contract, has been linked to the high-flying Brumbies in a media report.

Boland said the club had started discussions with O'Connor and they wanted him to remain a Rebel.

"I had a discussion with his agent 10 days ago and we're working through it," he told AAP.

"At that meeting there was no mention of him talking to other clubs."

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 05h05 Sydney
Fri, 23 March 2018
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Jaguares v Lions 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sat, 17 March 2018
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Lions v Blues 35 | 38
Ireland v Scotland 28 | 8
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 3 3 0 0 15
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Waratahs 3 1 1 1 6
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4