Melbourne Rebels

Melbourne Rebels duo in off-field strife

Pone Fa'amausili and Hunter Paisami have been stood down pending the outcome of a police investigation into the alleged incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A Facebook post from a woman claiming to be the sister of the victim accused the pair of delivering a "king hit" to her brother from behind, causing him to lose consciousness and leaving him to bleed on the ground.

The Rebels confirmed Fa'amausili and Paisami had been stood down and that Rugby Australia had been made aware of the developments but did not offer any comment.

Genia guides Rebels to huge win

Genia's masterclass was a cruel reminder for Reds fans that the star halfback no longer plies his trade at Ballymore but Queensland have far bigger concerns on their plate, with a suspension hanging over new skipper Scott Higginbotham's head.

Higginbotham was shown a red card for a high shoulder charge on Matt Philip in the 10th minute, putting his side on the back foot from the outset.

Rebels move a 'simple decision' for Genia

Genia was long adamant Queensland was his preferred destination for an Australian return, but with three halfbacks already on their books, the Reds could not accommodate the cost of their former nine.

"It was a simple decision because it didn't work out in terms of being accommodated at the Reds," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"So, I could've waited and waited until the 31st of December but I just decided to make a call and I'm pretty happy with my decision, pretty comfortable."

Faulkner trading Force for Rebels

Faulkner, who was born in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne as a 13-year-old, leaves the Force after seven years with the club - a stint that started as injury cover in 2011.

Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson revealed the signing on Melbourne radio station RSN this morning and was brimming with excitement at the prospect of bringing a Wallaby back to Melbourne.

"Tetera is a quality player and person who will bring experience, consistency and strong values to the Rebels,” Stephenson said.

Melbourne Rebels set for sale

Although the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has yet to be notified of a change in ownership, the governing body says it has received confirmation of a sale via a third party.

In a statement issued on Friday night, the ARU said it understood the ownership has been transferred from Cox's Imperium Group to the Victorian Rugby Union.

"The Melbourne Rebels have an obligation under their Participation Deed to inform ARU of any change of ownership," the statement said.

Wallabies call up former NRL star

Koroibete, who has signed with Melbourne Rebels after his stint in NRL, was included along with Kyle Godwin and Tolu Latu.

If he features in a Test, the 24-year-old Koroibete would be the first player since Tatafu Polota-Nau in 2005 to make a Wallabies appearance before a Super Rugby one.

Centre Samu Kerevi has missed out after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

The five-Test tour sees Australia take on Wales, Scotland, France, Ireland and England.