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Friday March 24, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The New South Wales Waratahs have reclaimed the Weary Dunlop Shield with a thrilling 32-25 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.
The visitors secured the come from behind victory on the stroke of fulltime when inside centre David Horwitz scored in the 80th minute to seal the remarkable win after trailing by 19 points at half-time.
The Waratahs capitalised on a depleted Rebels with 26 unanswered second-half points after the hosts lost hooker James Hanson, who was celebrating his 100th Super Rugby game, along with locks Culum Retallick and debutant Dominic Day to concussion. Read more
Friday March 17, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Chiefs have scored a late win over a gutsy Melbourne Rebels with a 27-14 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Friday night.
The visitors scored 13 unanswered points in the last six minutes of the fourth round fixture to break a 14-all deadlock and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
A spirited Rebels, fresh off the bye, showed plenty of vigour and resilience in a much-improved performance but couldn’t hold out the experienced Chiefs in the end. Read more
Thursday February 23, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Auckland Blues have kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a 56-18 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Thursday night.
A hat-trick from Rieko Ioane and 31-unanswered points in 20 minutes after half-time highlighted the bonus point victory for the Blues in front of 10,265 fans.
Rebels debutants Amanaki Mafi and Jack Maddocks had an immediate impact when they set up captain Nic Stirzaker for the opening try in the sixth minute in his 50th Super Rugby appearance. However, celebrations were short lived when Stirzaker was substituted in the 14th minute with a concussion. Read more
Thursday February 16, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Saturday February 11, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Wednesday February 1, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Wednesday January 11, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Friday January 6, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Monday December 19, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Thursday December 1, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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