Will Genia and Quade Cooper return for Rebels

Rebels halfbacks Will Genia and Quade Cooper have returned to the team’s starting XV for their must-win match against the Chiefs on Friday.

The duo are two of six changes to the Rebels starting side which will look to secure a maiden finals berth with a win over their New Zealand rivals.

The side will also welcome back Anaru Rangi, Jermaine Ainsley, Luke Jones and Marika Koroibete to starting positions.

Hooker Jordan Uelese, prop Sam Talakai, scrum-half Michael Ruru and fly-half Matt To’omua will all start on the bench this week.

The Melburnians will be without lock Adam Coleman and winger Jack Maddocks, who succumbed to shoulder and knee/calf injuries respectively.

Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 Campbell Magnay

Date: Friday, June 14 Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne Kick-off: 19:45 (09:45 GMT) Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia) Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Graham Cooper (Australia) TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)