Marika Koroibete trains with the Wallabies.
Marika Koroibete trains with the Wallabies.

Rebels coach will be winging it

RUGBY UNION: It's a problem Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan is happy to have - how to get the best out of Super Rugby's most mouth-watering wing pairing.

League convert Marika Koroibete will take one wing and Wallabies powerhouse Sefa Naivalu the other in season 2017.

"We've got to work out clever ways of getting them the ball and getting them involved - that's the key part," McGahan said.

"We really want to expand our game and evolve our game to what we've been able to do."

The Rebels say Koroibete remains on track to make his debut for the club in round one against the Blues on February 23, despite suffering from a knee injury.

He missed the 27-5 trial loss to the Western Force on the Gold Coast on Monday night and won't take part in the Brisbane Global Tens this weekend or the trial against the Queensland Reds on Tuesday.

McGahan has faith the former Melbourne Storm star will hit the ground running after being part of the Wallabies Spring Tour.

"He obviously loved being in that environment and being around international players and that was a real eye-opener for him," McGahan said.

"He's come back and picked it up really well.

"He's got some things to work on but he's also got some strengths that are going to be absolutely fantastic for Australian rugby."

News Corp Australia


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