VIDEO: Coleman to lead Rebels in Super Rugby

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:10

NEWS: Wallaby lock Adam Coleman will captain the Melbourne Rebels in this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Coleman, who follows in the footsteps of Stirling Mortlock (2011-12), Gareth Delve (2013), Scott Higginbotham (2014-15) and Nic Stirzaker (2016-17), will be supported by wider franchise captain Tom English – who will assume an off-field leadership role.

The 26-year-old Test lock, who's played 48 Super Rugby games and made 20 international appearances for the Wallabies, has leadership pedigree as the son of former Tongan international rugby captain Pau'u Afeaki.

"It's a privilege to be named Rebels captain and I'm grateful to Dave [Wessels] and the team for giving me the opportunity," Coleman said.

"This is an exciting time at our team, and our goal is to make the people of Melbourne proud. We know we have a have a lot of work to do but everyone is really getting on-board and committing to it.

"Tom and I want to lead by pushing our own standards of performance and preparation - and trying to be the best we can be for the team."

Melbourne Rebels head coach Dave Wessels said that Coleman has naturally gravitated to the role since his arrival at the Rebels and will be supported by English to bring the team's values to life.

"I've seen Adam grow over the last couple of years into a genuine world-class lock and leader," Wessels said.

"He's a very driven guy and a tough competitor. But most of all he wants to win and is prepared to work hard to achieve it. He should be very proud of the leader he’s become.

"Tom has been with our team a long time. The history, community and people behind the team are important to him and he's already leading us by setting performance standards, behaviours and values to help deliver success to the Rebels and Victorians."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 1 1 0 0 5
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 1 0 0 4
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 1
Reds 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 5
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 4
Blues 1 0 0 1 1
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 2 1 0 1 5
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0