Aussie latest – Rebels back Brumbies bashers

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Rebels back Brumbies bashers – The Rebels have retained the starting line-up who fronted the Brumbies last week for their clash against the Chiefs.

The only change comes on the bench, where Peter Betham comes in for Luke Rooney.

Rebels - 15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Julian Huxley, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Subs: 16 Heath Tessman, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Alister Campbell, 19 Tom Chamberlin, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22 Peter Betham

Kafer backs player power - Former Brumbies flyhalf Rod Kafer has come out in strong support of the reported player revolt that saw the axing of coach Andy Friend.

The Brumbies have denied those reports and chief executive Andrew Fagan took responsibility for the decision on Tuesday. However, it is widely believed that Friend no longer had the support of the vast majority of the squad.

‘Players have a large role in everything because they’re the most valuable asset to the organisation,’ Kafer told the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘It’s natural, in fact, it should be encouraged. The Brumbies get tainted with this player-driven culture, but it’s probably no different if anything maybe a little bit worse than everywhere else.

‘What you need to remember in 15 years of professional rugby, there has only been one Australian team to win the title, that’s the ACT Brumbies. Perhaps it’s an opportunity for other organisations that if they wish to be successful, maybe they should look to their players a bit more. Maybe that’s the lesson.’