Gareth Delve

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Gareth Delve named as Rebels captain

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve has become the first foreign player to be named captain of an Australian Super Rugby team, with the Melbourne Rebels this morning making the announcement.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs runs the ball during the Super Rugby trial match between the Waratahs and the Blues at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Ewen McKenzie 'blessed’ in captaincy choices

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Rupert Guinness With Wallabies captain Ben Mowen set to move overseas, the question is who will lead Australia against France in June and beyond to the World Cup next year.

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Brumbies, Rebels to clash without stars

Ben Mowen runs the ball against the Hurricanes.

No Ben Mowen. No Christian Lealiifano. No Stephen Moore - it can't hurt the Melbourne Rebels' chances.

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Wallabies relish once in a lifetime opportunity

Israel Folau enjoys a Wallabies training session at Ballymore Stadium.

Stathi Paxinos There are few things that Stirling Mortlock did not achieve in his career. Mortlock played 80 Tests for Australia and was captain for 29 of them. He played in two World Cups and won Bledisloe Cups.

Rebels keen on Lion-sized task

Stathi Paxinos It will, according to Nic Henderson, be a classic Australian underdog story.

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Wheel turns for Delve

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve never thought he would one day play against the British and Irish Lions.

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Powerhouse centre Tuilagi returns to help tourists' cause for Rebels clash

Manu Tuilagi

Georgina Robinson While the Wallabies sweat on the fitness of no less than five back-line players, the Lions will welcome back powerful midfielder Manu Tuilagi for Tuesday's fixture against the Rebels in Melbourne.

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Burgess surges back into Rebels' starting side

Luke Burgess

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos Returning Australian halfback Luke Burgess has been parachuted into the starting line-up for the Rebels' game against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.

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Lion-hearted effort could save job

Rebels coach Damien Hill looks on during a captain's run on Monday.

Stathi Paxinos If Rebels perform well, it could go some way towards saving coach's job.

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Ioane's court drama a blow to Wallabies' Test build-up

Digby Ioane

Jim Morton, Joel Cresswell A warrant is out for the arrest of rugby union star Digby Ioane in a clear distraction to the Wallabies before their must-win second Test against the British and Irish Lions.

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Lions learn and deliver a lesson to Rebels

Can't catch me: Ben Youngs fends off a desperate lunge from Jarrod Saffy on his way to scoring a try.

Stathi Paxinos Tourists beat Australia's youngest Super Rugby team 35-0 at AAMI Park.

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Crusaders v Rebels

Crusaders star Israel Dagg.

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Crusaders target Rebels dangermen

James O'Connor.

Mercurial pivot James O'Connor and rugged loose forward Scott Higginbotham have been targeted as danger men by the Crusaders ahead of their Super Rugby match against the Melbourne Rebels in...

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Struggling Crusaders keep watchful eye on Rebels' dangermen

James O'Connor will be under scrutiny by the Crusaders.

Crusaders target James O'Connor and Scott Higginbotham.

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Delve to boost Rebels

All class: Dan Carter will return to the Crusaders' team on Sunday against the Melbourne Rebels.

Melissa Woods Melbourne Rebels skipper's return to Super Rugby could not have come at a better time.

Live: Crusaders v Rebels

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Stephen Samuelson Join RugbyHeaven as the Crusaders host the Rebels for the first time in Super Rugby.

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Kurtley Beale could return for Rebels

Kurtley Beale.

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale could return from his disciplinary suspension in time to reinforce the Melbourne Rebels against Super Rugby defending champions the Chiefs on Friday night.

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Beale's suspension over

Beale

Coach Damien Hill will consult the rest of the Rebels playing group before deciding whether or not to rush Kurtley Beale back for Friday night's Super Rugby showdown with the Chiefs.

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