The Rebels have departed for South Africa, home for the final two weeks of their 2014 Super Rugby campaign.
Clashes against the Lions in Johannesburg, and the Bulls in Pretoria, will bring the curtain down on the Melbourne-based franchise's season.
The Rebels have never won in South Africa, coming agonisingly close in bonus point defeats to the Lions and Stormers in 2012, and are determined to finish the season on a high following three consecutive disappointing defeats.
Head Coach Tony McGahan has taken 25 players to Johannesburg with him today. The remaining fit Rebels will continue to train in Melbourne and play in local club fixtures this weekend, with the possibility that some may be called upon to head to Pretoria next week.
Rebels touring squad for Johannesburg:
Cruze Ah- Nau, Paul Alo-Emile, Luke Burgess, Jack Debreczeni, Tamati Ellison, Tom English, Colby Fainga'a, Lalakai Foketi, Scott Fuglistaller, Bryce Hegarty, Scott Higginbotham (c), Shota Horie, Mitch Inman, Luke Jones, Tom Kingston, Pat Leafa, Ben Meehan, Cadeyrn Neville, Hugh Pyle, Jordy Reid, Toby Smith, Nic Stirzaker, Telusa Veainu, Laurie Weeks, Jason Woodward.