The Melbourne Rebels’ pre-season will have an international flavour in 2016, headlined by a clash with Manu Samoa.
Melbourne will kick off its trial games travelling to Auckland on February 4 before a landmark match against Samoa at home on February 18.
The match will hold special significance for a number of Rebels player including Laurie Weeks, Cruze Ah Nau, Pat Leafa, Siliva Siliva, all of whom have Samoan heritage.
Rebels prop Weeks said he was eagerly anticipating the challenge of facing Manu Samoa next month.
“After a long pre-season it’s always exciting to have your first home hit out and put all of that training and hard work into practice,” he said.
“Samoan Rugby has a proud history and I’m expecting this game to be a challenge. They are big, fast and extremely physical in their playing style.”