VIDEO: Double boost for Rebels

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:28
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INJURY UPDATE: The Melbourne Rebels will have Wallabies Adam Coleman and Will Genia fit for their opening Super Rugby clash against the Reds at AAMI Park on Friday.

Genia is et to line up for the first time in Rebels colours after a back injury sidelined him from the two pre-season trial matches and the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.

Meanwhile, Coleman, who will lead the Rebels for the first time at a Super Rugby level, made an early exit from Thursday's trial against with a knock but has recovered to return to full training this week.

"He's developed into a real leader for us," Rebels head coach Dave Wessels told

"His presence on the field makes a difference, but it's more than that, right now his preparation off the field and what he's doing in terms of his research of the opposition, his line out reviews and previews.

"All the areas of the game that he manages has been world class and that's a real credit to him.

"We want to be strong in that area because that's going to be a hotly contested area in the first couple of rounds."

Wessels said that he's got no concerns about a lack of pre-season game time for Genia.

"We try to train with intensity because if we can train as much as game-like, we get to see those combinations," Wessels said.

"Fortunately, some of those guys who haven't played, guys like Will Genia, are very experienced.

"We know that when it's go time he’ll be right to go so It doesn’t bother me at all."

The Rebels will be without winger Marika Koroibete after the flyer failed to overcome a knee injury but Wessels hopes to have his speedster back soon.

"One guys that isn't available is Marika, he got a slight knee bump and he’ll definitely miss this game and maybe one more, we're not sure."

Wessels will finalise his team for the opening round of the season against the Reds on Wednesday.

The Melbourne Rebels will kick-off their 2018 Super Rugby campaign at home against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Friday, February 23.


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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
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