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Gerrard in line to make surprise return

Mark Gerrard could return this week despite taking a heavy knock

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Article Published: Wednesday 30 May 2012|

Melbourne Rebels veteran fullback Mark Gerrard is set to make a surprise showing against the Brumbies in their Super Rugby clash on Friday.

Gerrard took a big knock in the Rebels match against the Hurricanes but the former Wallaby and Brumbies star has put his hand up to play the Brumbies.

The news comes as a relief for the Rebels as they have already lost five-eighth Kurtley Beale (shoulder), centres Lachlan Mitchell (head) and Lloyd Johansson (finger), and flanker Michael Lipman (head).

''He trained yesterday and he trained well, so we're very confident he'll be right to play,'' coach Damien Hill told AAP.

''He really is very keen to play and he's got through all the training sessions and he's ready and raring to go.''

Hill said that he felt Gerrard has taken his game to a new level this season.

''He's using his skill set better than last year - his kicks for touch and place kicking is one of the best in competition.''

The last time the Brumbies visited Melbourne Stirling Mortlock scored a crucial try to earn the Rebels their first ever victory in Super Rugby as they won 25-24.

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