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Rebels re-signing recap

  • Rebels re-signing recap

The Melbourne Rebels have extended the contracts of at least six player so far this season, securing the futures of not only these players, but the club.

The new deals have given the players, the coaches and the fans the confidence of the new direction the club is heading in under Tony McGahan.

With captain Scott Higginbotham, Bryce Hegarty and Tom English all signing deals last year, these further contracts mean the current squad of players will be sticking together for the next few years to help move the club forward.

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Key flankers Scott Fuglistaller and Colby Fainga'a have both re-signed contracts in the last month, extending their terms until the end of 2016.

This news comes as music to the ears of Rebels fans, as the duo have been superb for the Rebels over the duration of the season in the no.6 and no.7 jerseys.

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Fuglistaller's deal means that a further year in Australia will see him elligible to represent the Wallabies by the end of 2015. The 27 year-old was born in Hawera, New Zealand and played two Super Rugby games for the Highlanders, but hasn't yet represented his native All Blacks.

Meanwhile, Colby Fainga'a has stated it is unlikely his older twin brothers, Saia and Anthony are unlikely to join the Melbourne Rebels next season following speculation that coach Tony McGahan has been seeking the signature of the Queensland Reds players.

The twins recently played down rumours of a potential move, with Colby Fainga'a adding that his older brothers love Queensland too much to leave.

Fellow flanker Sean McMahon has also signed for a further two years, meaning Fuglistaller and Fainga'a will have their promising understudy with them through the duration of their new deals.

Nic Stirzaker and Cruze Ah-Nau both signed one year deals, keeping them at the club until the end of 2015.

Stirzaker enjoyed a brief period of time at starting scrumhalf this year before going down with a season ending injury when he re-aggravated his pre-season ankle woes in the round 12 match against the Sharks.

Despite this, Stirzaker is still touted as one of the Rebels brighter prospects with his blistering pace and linebreaking ability being his strengths.

Pat Leafa is the most recent player to pen a deal, re-signing for a further two years until the end of 2016. Leafa has proven to be a quality hooker, rotating with Shota Horie in the no.2 position throughout the season.

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