He hasn't worn the Wallabies jersey but the departure of lock Hugh Pyle will leave a big hole in Australian rugby, according to Melbourne Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham.
Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham has set his team the task of turning around its season within the next month.
Melissa Woods The Melbourne Rebels believe they can cover the loss of star duo Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor for the 2014 Super Rugby season.
The orders for Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham from new Melbourne coach Tony McGahan are simple: more of the same please.
Lock Caderyn Neville has broken into the Melbourne Rebels starting side as they look to stop the Western Force blitz in their Good Friday Super Rugby clash at AAMI Park.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels remember the last time they played the Western Force all too well.
Melbourne's quest for their first Super Rugby win overseas continues, but they gained more respect after the fast-finishing Rebels were shaded 22-16 by two-time defending Super Rugby champions, the...
Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels were desperate to claim their first win outside Australia when they meet the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday after another disappointing narrow loss against the Highlanders, captain...
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 5.35pm (AEDT)
The Melbourne Rebels have made four changes to their starting line-up to face the Highlanders in their Super Rugby clash in Dunedin on Friday night.
The Melbourne Rebels' quest for their first Super Rugby win abroad has fallen tantalisingly short, with a 33-30 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEDT)
David Polkinghorne The ACT Brumbies take on the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park. Join David Polkinghorne as he brings you all the action live, from 7.40pm (AEST).
The Melbourne Rebels have dumped former Wallaby halfback Luke Burgess to the bench among six changes for Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies following their thrashing by the Waratahs.
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Friday 7.40pm (AEDT)
Georgina Robinson When coaches start characterising losses as blessings in disguise, alarm bells ring. But for the Waratahs this week it appears an early-season spanking in Canberra was just what the doctor ordered.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' ambitions for a top two finish this season have not been blunted by a rude reminder they may not yet be as red-hot as they think they are.
Melbourne Rebels lock Hugh Pyle says a brutal match-review session has left the players in no doubt about what's required in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders.