Rebels unchanged while Reds change two

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Unchanged Rebels for Brumbies

Melbourne Rebels coach Damien Hill has stuck to the team that beat the Force last weekend, to face the Brumbies on Friday.

The Rebels are in the fortunate position to play consecutive home matches at AAMI Park and it is the help of the home crowd that captain Gareth Delve thinks will boost his team against the Brumbies.

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

Waratahs get flyhalf reprieve

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika is a relieved man after it was confirmed that flyhalf Bernard Foley will be fit to face the Reds this weekend.

The Waratahs are already without first choice flyhalf Berrick Barnes and were looking set to be without Foley after he injured himself in a preseason match. Foley is expected to be named as flyhalf for the match against the Reds, facing up to Quade Cooper.

Reds rotate ahead of Waratahs clash

The Reds have made two changes to the team that lost to the Brumbies in the opening round, replacing centre Aidan Toua with debutant Chris Feauai-Sautia and Ed O’Donoghue coming in for Adam Wallace-Harrison, who is sure to get game time from the bench.

Reports on the time frame for Will Genia’s injury suggest that he will only return in the sixth round of the competition, when the Reds host the Bulls. In the meantime, Ben Lucas is enjoying an extended run after suffering from his own fair share of injuries last year.

It was reported that Anthony Fainga’a would return to captain the side this weekend, but he has been given another week to fully overcome his injury, with James Slipper continuing as captain.

Reds: 15. Mike Harris, 14. Dom Shipperley, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12. Ben Tapuai, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Ben Lucas, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Eddie Quirk, 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Ed O’Donoghue, 3. James Slipper (c), 2. Saia Fainga’a, 1. Greg Holmes.Replacements : 16. James Hanson,17. Albert Anae,18. Adam Wallace-Harrison,19. Jarrad Butler,20. Nick Frisby,21. Jono Lance,22. Luke Morahan