Three seasons of rugby down - okay, the results haven't been great so far, but that's understandable, right? There are still plenty more to come, and there's much to be excited about.
So if you haven't caught on already, we at Rebel Rant are very excited about the young guns coming through in the squad. Hugh Pyle had a very successful season last year, finishing first in clean breaks and offloads, second in carries and tries, and third in points scored for the Rebels. With there being a little uncertainty over the lock position in the Wallabies team, many pundits suggest Pyle is on the fringe of selection later this year for the international fixtures. Couple this with the promise of Hegarty, Woodward, Roberts, Alo-Emile and Reid among others, the side has plenty of promise about it, but more importantly a very big future as well.
Tony McGahan comes into the fray this season as the new head coach. Having led Irish team Munster to a Pro12 championship in the 2010/11 season, McGahan knows what it takes to succeed in domestic competition. He also has experience on the international stage, having spent time in the Wallabies coaching panel since leaving Munster in 2012.
The sport of rugby union is growing in Melbourne. The sports mad culture embraces everything the city holds, and rugby union has so far seen a warm welcome over the first few seasons. With a spectacular stadium of AAMI Park to play on, and a team with plenty of promise to play on it, we should be seeing bigger crowds in Melbourne over the next few years.
The Rebels have the key things covered – an exciting list, a coach with plenty of experience, and a world class stadium – what is the thing that is getting you most excited about the Rebels future?