Miller to make Super debut

TOUGH: Berry's Will Miller, in action for Norths, will make his Super Rugby debut with the Melbourne Rebels this Saturday.
TOUGH: Berry's Will Miller, in action for Norths, will make his Super Rugby debut with the Melbourne Rebels this Saturday.

BERRY’S Will Miller, who will make his Super Rugby debut, is just one of the five changes made by the Melbourne Rebels for Saturday’s game against the Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban from 7.30pm.

Injury, suspension and an impending childbirth has forced Rebels head coach Tony McGahan to make changes to the forwards, including uncapped Will Miller at flanker, for the first of two games on South African soil.

Miller, who is one of three debutants for the match, will become Rebel number 110 while hooker Siliva Siliva and backrower Jake Schatz will make their first starts for the Rebels after Lopeti Timani (suspended), Dominic Day (injured) and Colby Fainga’a (impending childbirth) are unavailable.

The Rebels have named an unchanged backline with captain Nic Stirzaker and Jack Debreczeni to continue their combination while Mitch Inman and Tom English remain in the centres and Reece Hodge at fullback.

McGahan has named two uncapped players on the reserves bench with Rebels under 20s lock Esei Haangana and Hugh Sinclair included alongside James Hanson, Laurie Weeks, Tom Moloney, Mick Snowden, Jackson Garden-Bachop and Ben Volavola.

The Rebels are hunting for the club’s first win on South African soil after the side has lost their 11 previous fixtures in the Republic.

The Sharks, coming off the bye, sit second in the Africa 2 Conference with five wins from seven outings, including an 18-13 win over the Jaguares in round seven.

Three of the four previous meetings between the Rebels and Sharks has ended with a margin of less than a converted try.

Melbourne Rebels team for round nine vs Sharks:

1. Fereti Sa’aga

2. Siliva Siliva

3. Tyrel Lomax

4. Culum Retallick

5. Steve Cummins

6. Jake Schatz

7. Will Miller^*

8. Amanaki Mafi

9. Nic Stirzaker (Captain)

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Marika Koroibete

12. Mitch Inman

13. Tom English

14. Sefa Naivalu

15. Reece Hodge

Reserves

16. James Hanson

17. Laurie Weeks

18. Tom Moloney

19. Esei Haangana^*

20. Hugh Sinclair^*

21. Mick Snowden

22. Jackson Garden-Bachop

23. Ben Volavola

^Super Rugby debut

*Rebels debut