McMahon returns for clash with Jaguares
The Melbourne Rebels have named its team for its historic first game against the Jaguares at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday from 7.30pm (AEST).
Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has made just two changes to the starting line-up for this first meeting against Super Rugby’s Argentinian newcomers with the return of flanker Sean McMahon and fullback Jack Maddocks.
McMahon missed the game against the Brumbies before the four-week international break and the side’s return against the Force last weekend after he suffered a wrist injury against the Crusaders in Round 14.
The Rebels have named an unchanged front row with James Hanson, Laurie Weeks and Toby Smith, who will make his 50th Super Rugby appearance for the club.
Maddocks will make his third Super Rugby start after McGahan promoted the rising star to the run-on team following the 20-year-old’s return from injury off the bench against the Force in Perth last weekend.
The arm injury against the Waratahs in Round 13 sidelined Maddocks for the 2017 World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia.
“Sean’s return is timely to provide added physically up front against a very strong and powerful Jaguares forward pack,” McGahan said.
“The Jaguares have been impressive in their second season, including a dominant performance in their first outing on Australian soil last weekend against the Waratahs, but we’re hungry to finish the season on a positive note and send off some key players with a win.”
Australian U20s back Semisi Tupou is set to make his Super Rugby debut after he was named on an extended reserves bench for the first time in his career.
The inclusion caps off a big year for Tupou who played a key role for the Rebels U20s and appeared in all five games of Australia’s 2017 World Rugby U20s Championship campaign, including three starts in the green and gold.
The Rebels will wrap up their 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season on Friday night at home against the Jaguares.
The Argentinians sit third on the Africa 2 Conference with six wins from 14 matches, including a comprehensive 40-27 win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.
Rebels stalwart Mitch Inman is set to line up for his 100th Super Rugby game in his last outing for the club before his move to France during the off-season, along with scrumhalf Ben Meehan who heads to England.
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2017 Vodafone Super Rugby – Round 17
Melbourne Rebels v Jaguares
Friday 14 July 2017
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEST)
Broadcast: FOX SPORTS 501 (live)
Live Updates: www.twitter.com/MelbourneRebels
Melbourne Rebels team for Round 17 v Jaguares:
1. Toby Smith
2. James Hanson
3. Laurie Weeks
4. Steve Cummins
5. Lopeti Timani
6. Sean McMahon
7. Colby Fainga’a
8. Amanaki Mafi
9. Nic Stirzaker (Captain)
10. Jackson Garden-Bachop
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Reece Hodge
13. Mitch Inman
14. Tom English
15. Jack Maddocks
Extended Reserves (one to be omitted)
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