Rebels secure rising star Jack McGregor

The Melbourne Rebels have secured the most exciting prospect in Australian Rugby with fly-half Jack McGregor to join the club from 2017.

The signing of the Australian representative and New South Wales Schoolboys captain for two years adds to the growing depth and is a further boost to the Rebels squad from next year.

The 19-year-old, winner of the 2015 Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) Medal as the best player in the Final of the Australian Schools Rugby Union (ASRU) Championship, is renowned for his leadership skills and strong ability to control the game.

“We’re thrilled that Jack will be joining the Melbourne Rebels,” Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Operations Baden Stephenson said.

“Jack is a quality player with a huge future in front of him and his skill set, hungry attitude and maturity will be well suited to our club.”

The former St Ignatius’ College student, who also represented the school at the State Athletics Championship, is a New South Wales product after representing the state since a young age.

“I’m very excited to sign my first contract, it’s been a long time dream for me since I was a kid so to sign with the Melbourne Rebels is very exciting for me and my family,” McGregor said.

“I’ve always enjoyed my time in Sydney but there was an opportunity to sign with the Rebels and the feeling I get down here around the culture that’s been built is pretty exciting and a major factor behind the move.”

“I get a good feeling chatting with Tony (McGahan) and the coaches and about their expectations so I’m looking forward to next year.”

McGregor’s signing follows the recent retention of Tom English, Ben Meehan and Sam Jeffries.

The Melbourne Rebels return to action next week when they host the Brumbies at AAMI Park on Friday 13 May from 7.30pm (AEST). Tickets, from $25 for an adult, for the much anticipated fixture are still available from Ticketek.