Higginbotham debuts for Rebels

RICHARD FERGUSON updates Keo.co.za followers on latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Scott’s a rebel with a cause
Welshman Gareth Delve will captain the Rebels in their Super Rugby opener against the Force with Kurtley Beale starting at flyhalf and James O’Connor at fullback.

Former Reds flanker Scott Higginbotham also makes his debut.

Rebels: 15. James O’Connor , 14. Lachlan Mitchell , 13. Mitch Inman , 12. Rory Sidey , 11. Richard Kingi , 10. Kurtley Beale , 9. Nick Phipps , 8. Gareth Delve (c) , 7. Scott Fuglistaller , 6. Scott Higginbotham , 5. Luke Jones , 4. Hugh Pyle , 3. Laurie Weeks , 2. Ged Robinson , 1. Nic Henderson

Replacements: 16. Shota Horie , 17. Paul Alo-Emile , 18. Cadeyrn Neville , 19. Jarrod Saffy , 20. Nic Stirzaker , 21. Alex Rokobaro , 22. Tom English

James slips into skip’s role

James Horwill won’t be rushed back to Super Rugby and in his continued absence the captaincy goes to James Slipper.

The young prop leads the Reds against the Brumbies as Horwill has been given an extra week and Will Genia has been given as much time as is needed to return after tearing knee ligaments during last year’s international season.