Inman gets central Rebels role

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:35
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Mitch Inman has been called into the Rebels' starting line-up for their clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

Inman, who returned from injury last week via the replacements bench, replaces Sefa Naivalu who picked up a shoulder injury against the Waratahs in Round Five.

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has named Inman at outside centre which sees Tom English shift to the wing to fill the vacancy left by Naivalu.

For a third consecutive game, the Rebels have named an unchanged forward pack after hooker James Hanson and lock Culum Retallick were cleared after overcoming head knocks.

McGahan has named a 10-player extended bench with two to be omitted before kick-off. Wallaby Lopeti Timani, who was a late withdrawal from last Friday's game against the Waratahs with calf soreness, has been named on the extended bench.

Dominic Day has been included after overcoming a concussion which limited the Welsh international to just a minute in his Super Rugby debut last week.

Hooker Siliva Siliva and scrumhalf Mick Snowden could be set for their first appearances of the season after being named on the bench, along with uncapped Rebels Under-20s captain Esei Haangana.

The Rebels travel to New Zealand for the final time this season and to Dunedin for just the second time in the club's history.

The Highlanders will be the Rebels' fourth New Zealand opponent in the first six rounds of the season after playing the Blues (Round One), Hurricanes (Round Two) and Chiefs (Round Four).

"I've been pleased with the progress we have made over the last two weeks, however, our contribution at the back-end of these games has resulted in losses. So we need to make sure that we apply those lessons and play out the full 80 minutes, starting this weekend," McGahan said.

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements - from: Siliva Siliva, Tom Moloney, Tyrel Lomax, Dominic Day, Lopeti Timani, Jake Schatz, Esei Haangana, Mick Snowden, Sione Tuipulotu, Ben Volavola.

Date: Friday, March 31
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 (17.35 AEDT; 06.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Angus Mabey
TMO: Aaron Paterson

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