News – AU – Rebels shake off travel blues to face reds

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The rebels’ deputy skipper Matt Toomua admits news of the latest change in planning that is keeping her away from Melbourne for another two weeks initially, his Super Rugby AU team tough

While they are sporting the big V and iconic Melbourne logo on their new away kits in a partnership with the Victorian government announced on Wednesday, it’s ironic that their home state is the only place they can’t go

The rugby nomads have not played at home in more than a year after being evicted from Victoria due to COVID-19 Now her third round game was played on Nov. March moved from Melbourne to Canberra against the Brumbies

That way they can travel to Perth a week later, which they couldn’t have done from Victoria due to a travel ban to Western Australia

After a sudden exit on 12 February, so as not to be left out of Queensland because of the season opener against the Reds, Toomua said it was a blow to the team that were on the road for three months last year and wanted to return from Brisbane on Saturday

“I think at first I was told to get out of Melbourne, which was a bit difficult for some people after spending a lot of time outside of the family last year, and memories of it came back instantly

“But when the dust settled we realized that we are now in a different room and Melbourne has actually taken some good measures to hopefully be back soon

“We are very grateful to Rugby Australia and especially the Brumbies for swapping this match”

As vice-captain, Toomua has once again taken over the captaincy with no schedule for the return of regular skipper Dane Haylett-Petty, who is still worryingly struggling with Tri-Nations concussion symptoms late last year

Toomua’s Wallabies campaign was also canceled due to a serious groin injury, but he says he’s good to go up against the rampant Reds on Friday night who crushed the Waratahs at the season opener while the rebels said their goodbyes

But Melbourne is in the highly competitive No. 1 do without a key man8 Isi Naisarani, who has a hip injury

The rebels also announced their leadership group for 2021 on Wednesday with some new faces, including flanker Brad Wilkin, prop Cameron Orr, and wallabies Marika Koroibete, Jordan Uelese and Reece Hodge

Matt Toomua, Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds, Australian National Rugby Union Team, Dane Haylett-Petty

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Source: https://thewest.com.au/sport/rugby-union/rebels-shrug-off-travel-blues-to-face-reds-ng-s-2050883