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Hodge commits to long term with Rebels

Thursday February 16, 2017 by  

Melbourne Rebels have re-signed Reece Hodge on a long-term contract which will see the reigning Rookie of the Year become the first Australian Rugby player to commit beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

It was announced at the 2017 Rebels Season Launch at Crown Palladium on Thursday afternoon that the 22-year-old utility back has signed a three-year contract extension to remain in Melbourne until 2020.

“We have huge faith in Reece and see him as an important part of the club’s future so we’re thrilled that he’s agreed to call Melbourne home until 2020,” Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Baden Stephenson said. Read more

Rebels split day one Tens results

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have split their opening day results at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens with a victory over the Chiefs and a loss to the Panasonic Wild Knights at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

In blistering conditions, which reached a peak 37 degrees at kick-off, the Rebels claimed a 19-5 victory over the Chiefs in the opening game of the tournament before their comeback fell short against Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights.

The Rebels finish the day one in Brisbane level in second place in Pool A with one remaining game against the Waratahs on Sunday morning to complete the round-robin phase of the competition. Read more

Rebels name experienced squad for Brisbane Tens

Wednesday February 1, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have named seven internationals and a former Australian vice-captain in their squad for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, from February 11-12.

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has included five Wallabies Reece Hodge, James Hanson, Sefa Naivalu, Toby Smith and Lopeti Timani, Japanese international Amanaki Mafi, Fijian international Ben Volavola and former Australian vice-captain Morgan Turinui.

With 87 Tests of experience in the 26-player squad, the Rebels have named a balanced squad of international experience and exciting young talent for the two-day tournament, which features modified rules. Read more

Timani chases Rugby World Cup dream with Rebels

Wednesday January 11, 2017 by  

Melbourne Rebels forward Lopeti Timani will chase his dream of a Rugby World Cup after committing to club and country until the end of 2019.

Lopeti Timani chasing Rugby World Cup dream.
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Rebels

The 26-year-old has accepted a two-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union and Melbourne Rebels until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Timani, one of a club record six Rebels on the Wallabies’ Spring Tour, made his international debut in 2016 after he accumulated 29 Super Rugby appearances, including six tries, since he joined the Rebels in 2014.

“Lopeti has worked hard for his opportunities this year with the Wallabies which is great recognition of his hard work and consistency over the last three years,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said. Read more

Rebels add Fijian international to squad

Friday January 6, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have added international utility back Ben Volavola to its squad ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The Australian-born Fijian representative joined the Rebels on Friday after 15 Super Rugby games and 21 points with Australian rivals NSW Waratahs and leading New Zealand franchise Crusaders.

The 25-year-old playmaker kicked off his Super Rugby career with the Waratahs in 2013 before he crossed the Tasman to join the Crusaders in 2016 to help fill the void at number 10 with the departure of Dan Carter to Europe. Read more

Rebels confirm 2017 pre-season trial matches

Monday December 19, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season with two trial matches against the Western Force and Queensland Reds, fixtured around the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.

The Rebels kick off their pre-season campaign against the Force at Bond University on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament before completing their trials against the Reds at Ballymore Stadium.

The two traditional trial matches will bookend the inaugural Tens tournament, which will feature 14 teams from around the world, including the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams, along with the Bulls (South Africa), Toulon (France), Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan) and Tonga. Read more

Rebels to kick off inaugural Brisbane Tens

Thursday December 1, 2016 by  

Melbourne Rebels will be a part of history when they take on the Chiefs in the opening match of the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 11 February 2017.

The Rebels, who were drawn in Pool A, will play against the Chiefs and Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights on the first day of competition before Day Two kicks off with the first Australian derby of the tournament against the NSW Waratahs on Sunday.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to kick off the Brisbane Tens tournament and get stuck straight into it against the two-time Super Rugby champions Chiefs,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said. Read more

Rising go down to Eagles in semi-final

Saturday October 15, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising’s 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship campaign has come to an end after going down to the NSW Country Eagles 50-24 in the semi-final in Newcastle on Saturday.

Doubles from Samuel Figg, Reece Robinson and Jake Gordon helped the Eagles to a seven-try-to-three victory in warm conditions to secure a home grand final in Tamworth next weekend.

Earlier, there was no sign of the slow start that plagued the Rising when the two sides last met in the third round, when freshly capped Wallaby Sefa Naivalu got the visitors off to a flyer in the first minute. Read more

Rising book semi-finals with bonus point

Sunday October 9, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising have secured their spot in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship semi-finals despite going down to the Sydney Rays 38-32 at Frankston Oval on Sunday.

The Rising will contest finals for the third consecutive year when they take on minor premiers NSW Country Eagles in the semi-final after they secured a bonus point to finish outright fourth.

The Rays, who secured a home semi-final with their second place finish, were held scoreless in the second half but successfully fended off a gallant comeback from the Rising to claim a five-try to four victory. Read more

2017 Super Rugby Draw Announced

Tuesday September 20, 2016 by  

After a global audience of more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 Super Rugby season and over two million fans attended the matches, the 2017 Super Rugby competition will kick off on Thursday February 23 when the Melbourne Rebels host the Auckland-based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

During the 17-round season, the five Australian Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force – will each play six matches in the Australian conference and nine matches against teams in other conferences.

In the four-conference tournament structure, which follows the same 2016 format, each team will play 15 matches and have two byes. Read more