Naivalu at 13 for Rebels

Date published: May 28 2015

Melbourne Rebels boss Tony McGahan has rung the changes to his starting XV for Friday's clash with the Sharks in Durban.

Sefanaia Naivalu and Toby Smith return to the run-on side after both missed last week’s match against the Stormers.

This week's starting line-up also includes the injection of Wallabies scrum-half Luke Burgess and prop Laurie Weeks, and flanker Colby Fainga’a.

Naivalu will play in the centres alongside Mitch Inman, reprising the role he played for the Melbourne Rising in the 2014 National Rugby Championship (NRC) and allowing Dom Shipperley to return to the right wing, while Weeks starts after coming off the bench in the past two matches upon his return from a knee injury.

The Sharks have returned to Durban after finishing their four-match Australasian tour with a win against the Reds in Brisbane last weekend.

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Sefanaia Naivalu, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Jordy Reid, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Date: Friday, May 29
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19:10 local (03:10 AEST, 05:10 NZST, 17:10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Rodney Boneparte, Ben Crouse
TMO: Marius Jonker