Shipperley recommits to Rebels

The Melbourne Rebels have received a boost on the eve of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) with prolific winger Dom Shipperley recommitting to the Super Rugby club.

After joining the Rebels in 2015, the 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a contract extension which will see Shipperley remain at the organisation until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

With three Wallabies caps and 63 Super Rugby appearances, including 18 tries, to his name, Shipperley will continue to add a wealth of experience and leadership to the club’s exciting backline.

“Dom is very highly regarded in our organisation. A smart person and player who brings consistency, balance and professionalism every day,” Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Operations Baden Stephenson said.

“Dom was in great form prior to his injury so we look forward to seeing him return and play an influential role on and off the field in 2017.”

Shipperley, who earned three Wallabies Test caps in 2012, has been sidelined since Round 8 when he injured his knee against the Hurricanes after scoring the club’s 100th Super Rugby try at AAMI Park.

“It’s exciting, especially with a couple key playmakers here next year and a couple good friends as well, so it’s good to keep the group together,” Shipperley said.

“I am really keen to get back on the field, enjoy my rugby and help drive the Club.”

Shipperley will resume training shortly before an expected return during the 2016 NRC with the Melbourne Rising.The Melbourne Rising kick off their 2016 National Rugby Championship campaign away against the Perth Spirit on Saturday 27 August from 1.00pm (AEST). Melbourne Rising multi-game and single game ticket packages for the 2016 NRC are now available from melbournerebels.com.

The Melbourne Rising kick off their 2016 National Rugby Championship campaign away against the Perth Spirit on Saturday 27 August from 1.00pm (AEST). Melbourne Rising multi-game and single game ticket packages for the 2016 NRC are now available from melbournerebels.com.