BACK IN THE TEAM: Bryce Hegarty returns for the Melbourne Rebels for tonight’s game with the Crusaders.
BACK IN THE TEAM: Bryce Hegarty returns for the Melbourne Rebels for tonight’s game with the Crusaders. Michael Dodgegetty IMAGES

Rebels ring the changes for Crusaders clash

REBELS coach Tony McGahan has reacted to a disappointing 32-7 loss to the Western Force by recalling flanker Scott Fuglistaller and naming Bryce Hegarty at five-eighth ahead of Angus Roberts for tomorrow night's Super Rugby showdown with the Crusaders in Melbourne.

McGahan said Fugilstaller had undergone a torrid pre-season, but had been freshened up and was ready to rip in.

"Scott brings a real edge to our play in terms of physicality, but he also brings a real mental edge to the group and helps provide Scott Higginbotham with some extra leadership on the field," said McGahan, who has reverted to the same side which beat the Cheetahs in the Rebels' first game of the season.

Winger Tom English, who had to pull out of the Force game with a virus, has been named for the AAMI Park clash, with last week's sole try scorer, Telusa Veainu, demoted to the bench.

Crusaders No.10 Colin Slade can expect to be targeted in his first game since returning from the Highlanders.

Week five draw (home teams first): Fri: Chiefs v Stormers, Rebels v Crusaders; Sat: Hurricanes v Cheetahs, Highlanders v Force, Brumbies v Waratahs, Lions v Blues, Sharks v Reds.


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