Rebels sign scrumhalf Michael Ruru

The Melbourne Rebels have added another quality halfback with the signature of scrumhalf Michael Ruru until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

The 27-year-old former scaffolder, who put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Rebels, has emerged as one of the premier halfbacks in Australian rugby over the last 12 months.

“Mike hasn’t always had things his own way and has really lived in the real world over the last few years – his recent success is driven by his enthusiasm and work ethic. He is a genuine competitor that will be very good for our group,” Melbourne Rebels Head Coach Dave Wessels said.

Ruru said he was looking forward to the new challenge at the Rebels.

“There’s a lot of quality players in the squad, especially in the halfback role, so I know it’s going to be a huge challenge and competition for game day positions but I’ll bring my energy and passion to Melbourne,” Ruru said.

“With the challenge comes the opportunity for me to continue my development in an elite rugby program under world-class coaches which will drive better players and standards.”

The Melbourne Rebels will kick-off its 2018 Super Rugby campaign at home against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Friday 23 February from 7.30pm (AEDT).

Join the Rebel Army for the 2018 Super Rugby with memberships now on sale from as little as $88 for an adult, $35 for children and $218 for a family of four for all eight home games.