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Melbourne Rebels hit by more injuries, name five debutants for Super Rugby opener stat : SMH

As it stated in Photo: Melbourne RebelsMelbourne Rebels have been further hit by injury and illness ahead of their Super Rugby season-opener at AAMI Park on Thursday night.
“There’s no shying away from the challenge we face against the Blues,” McGahan said.
Captain and halfback Nic Stirzaker will lead out a Rebels side with three starting debutants and two more rookies coming off the bench.
SHAREShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLink Rebels’ five-eighth Jackson Garden-Bachop is primed for the first match of the season.
The Rebels do have some good recent history with the Blues, beating them 42-22 at AAMI Park in 2015.

Melbourne Rebels hit by more injuries, name five debutants for Super Rugby opener

As it stated in If anyone needed an indication of how well respected former Wallaby Dan Vickerman is in Australian rugby circles, just ask today’s crop of ACT Brumbies.
SHAREShare on Facebook SHAREShare on Twitter TWEETLink Dan Vickerman has died aged 37.
Australian Rugby Union chief operating officer and former Brumbies boss Rob Clarke says the game has been rocked by losing one of its favourite sons.
Clarke says counselling is being offered by the ARU and the Rugby Union Players Association to all those affected, especially those that shared a dressing room with Vickerman.
“Dan was a well-respected individual in the rugby community and someone that the players looked up to.

ACT Brumbies mourn the loss of former Super Rugby star Dan Vickerman

As it stated in The Rebels loom as one of the more unpredictable prospects of the 2017 Super Rugby season, as they look to notch another historic mark in their journey.
No longer a fledgling Super Rugby side, this grown-up Rebels outfit must show it’s ready to compete against everyone.
With Toby Smith’s injury set to rule him out until May, Lomax’s Super Rugby opportunities will come quicker.
The Wallabies backrower single-handedly kept his side in contention amid injury carnage last year, as the form player of Australia’s Super Rugby teams in the first half of the season.
He will miss the first month of Super Rugby after off-season ankle surgery and that layoff will be one of the most testing moments for the Rebels, who will sorely miss their barometer.

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