Super Rugby: Melbourne Rebels v Brumbies preview
Last Updated: 27/03/14 3:18pm
Rebels boss Tony McGahan has rung the changes as he hopes his side can end a three-match losing run when they host the Brumbies on Friday, live on Sky Sports.
A home loss to the Crusaders has been sandwiched in between away defeats to Western Force and Waratahs for the Melbourne franchise, who currently prop up the rest in the Australian Conference.
Their task gets no easier as they host the high-flying Brumbies at AAMI Park in round seven of the season.
McGahan has opted to select an entirely new front row, bringing in props Max Lahiff, who will make his first start on home soil, and Laurie Weeks, along with hooker Pat Leafa.
Scrum-half Nic Stirzaker, who this week committed to the club until the end of the 2015 season, has returned from an ankle injury and replaces Ben Meehan in the squad, with Luke Burgess relegated to the bench.
"Nic has worked hard, and it's unfortunate that we have been denied his presence thus far," McGahan said.
"He has trained strongly for two weeks, had some good game time on the weekend in the Dewar Shield and now he comes in to help us with our mindset and our general play in attack."
Jason Woodward has overcome a bruised knee to return after missing one week and is named to start as full-back, while Tom Kingston takes over on the wing after a knee injury ended Lachlan Mitchell's season.
The Brumbies have made just one switch from the line-up that started the victory over the Stormers in the previous round of fixtures.
Tevita Kuridrani has been named at outside centre after a week off for personal reasons, so Andrew Smith drops to the bench.
Also among the list of replacements for the visitors is the name of Christian Lealiifano, who could get the chance to make his first appearance of the season after five months of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery.
The Brumbies have won five of six encounters between the two teams, with the Rebels' only win over their Canberra-based opponents coming the first time the teams met in round two of 2011.
Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (capt), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Max Lahiff
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emilie, 18 Cruze Ah-Nau, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Male Sa'u, 23 Angus Roberts
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (capt), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 JP Smith
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Christian Lealiifano
Sat 16th May - Overall Group
Hurricanes22 - 18Chiefs
Waratahs33 - 18Sharks
Lions20 - 30Brumbies
Cheetahs24 - 45Highlanders
Fri 22nd May - Overall Group
Chiefs0 - 0Bulls
Reds0 - 0Sharks
Sat 23rd May - Overall Group
Blues0 - 0Hurricanes
Waratahs0 - 0Crusaders
Western Force0 - 0Highlanders
Cheetahs0 - 0Lions
Stormers0 - 0Melbourne Rebels
Fri 29th May - Overall Group
Crusaders0 - 0Hurricanes
Brumbies0 - 0Bulls
Sharks0 - 0Melbourne Rebels
Sat 30th May - Overall Group
Highlanders0 - 0Chiefs
Western Force0 - 0Reds
Stormers0 - 0Cheetahs
Lions0 - 0Waratahs
Fri 5th Jun - Overall Group
Hurricanes0 - 0Highlanders
Western Force0 - 0Brumbies
Sat 6th Jun - Overall Group
Melbourne Rebels0 - 0Bulls
Blues0 - 0Crusaders
Reds0 - 0Chiefs
Cheetahs0 - 0Waratahs
Stormers0 - 0Lions
Fri 12th Jun - Overall Group
Blues0 - 0Highlanders
Melbourne Rebels0 - 0Western Force
Sat 13th Jun - Overall Group
Brumbies0 - 0Crusaders
Chiefs0 - 0Hurricanes
Waratahs0 - 0Reds
Bulls0 - 0Cheetahs
Sharks0 - 0Stormers
Super Rugby 2014 Round 7
The Sharks extended their lead at the Super Rugby summit with a 32-10 victory over an undisciplined Waratahs side.
The Bulls held champions Chiefs to a 34-34 draw in a thrilling Super Rugby affair at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Queensland Reds held off a late surge from the Stormers to claim a 22-17 victory at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
- Blues stroll past Highlanders
- Radford hails phenomenal Hull
- Bowen breaks Catalan hearts
- Depleted Sharks face Waratahs
- Rebels claim deserved victory
- Bulls v Chiefs: Teams
- Reds v Stormers: Teams
- Blues v Highlanders: Teams
- Hurricanes edge out Crusaders
- Crusaders v Hurricanes: Teams
- Folau ruled out of Sharks game