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The loss of the Super Rugby captaincy to Dane Haylett-Petty could be a win for the Melbourne Rebels, with star lock Adam Coleman saying it meant he could focus more on his own role.

There was plenty of speculation last Super Rugby season that the captaincy affected Coleman’s general play and curbed his natural confrontational instincts.

Ahead of tonight’s clash with the Brumbies at AAMI Park (7.45pm AEDT), Coleman said there was an upside to losing the official duties.

“I still have my role in the team and that hasn’t really changed at all,” the 27-year-old said.

“Not having the captaincy lets me focus on myself — I have a lot more narrow focus in terms of getting my body right and enjoying my football rather than having the broader focus of the team’s performance.”

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