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James O'Connor to captain and navigate for Rebels

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melbournerebels.com.au and James Mortimer     05 Mar 2013     Getty Images

O'Connor will once against Captain the side, with Gareth Delve still being sidelined due to a shoulder complaint.

With the injury to Beale, Hill has given the playmaker role to James, while calling upon uncapped utility Angus Roberts into the run on team at full back, after some impressive trial and training form.

The first South Australian born Super Rugby player, Alex Rokobaro, returns to the team in the in the starting line up, with Rory Sidey moving onto the reserves bench.

Hill has kept the same forward reserves with both on ballers Jarrod Saffy and Jordy Ried expected to feature in the match.

The RaboDirect Rebels Team to play the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park March 8. Kick off 7:40pm

15. Angus Roberts
14. Richard Kingi
13. Mitch Inman
12. Lachlan Mitchell
11. Alex Rokobaro
10. James O'Connor (c)
9. Nick Phipps
8. Scott Higginbotham
7. Scott Fuglistaller
6. Luke Jones
5. Cadeyrn Neville
4. Hugh Pyle
3. Laurie Weeks
2. Ged Robinson (vc)
1. Nic Henderson

16. Shota Horie
17. Paul Alo-Emile
18. Jordy Reid
19. Jarrod Saffy
20. Nic Stirzaker
21. Rory Sidey
22. Tom English