REBELS vs WARATAHS, Friday 7:45 p.m. AEDT at AAMI Park
Rebels coach Dave Wessels made just one forced change to his starting roster, with lock Steve Cummins being promoted from the bench to replace Ross Haylett-Petty.
Haylett-Petty was suspended for three weeks for his dangerous tackle against loose Force forward Tomas Lezana.
Friday will also mark the Rebels’ first home game of the season.
“It’s a huge game this week and it’s really great to be back,” said Rebels flanker Richard Hardwick.
“The thought of just driving back and coming home to AAMI Park is really exciting because the energy that our fans give us is immense.
“All of the boys are super excited to come back and play in front of our home crowd again – we can’t wait to see everyone’s familiar faces.”
Meanwhile, Waratahs coach Rob Penney has named a starting lineup that is unchanged in personnel terms from the one that lost to the Force a fortnight ago.
There is, however, a position switch with Harry Johnson-Holmes and Te Tera Faulkner accessories for trade seats in the engine room.
REBELS (15-1): Tom Pincus, Lachie Anderson, Stacey Ili, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Matt To’omua (c), Joe Powell, Michael Wells, Richard Hardwick, Josh Kemeny, Trevor Hosea, Steve Cummins, Pone Fa’amausili, James Hanson, Cabous Eloff
Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Matt Gibbon, Lucio Sordoni, Tom Nowlan, Rob Leota, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani
WARATAHS (15-1): Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jack Maddocks, Alex Newsome (c), Tepai Moeroa, James Ramm, Will Harrison, Jack Grant, Jack Dempsey, Carlo Tizzano, Lachie Swinton, Sam Caird, Hugh Sinclair, Te Tera Faulkner, Dave Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes
Reserves: Tom Horton, George Francis, Darcy Breen, Sam Wykes, Jeremy Williams, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Lalakai Foketi