Rebels release Lance, welcome back Jack

The Melbourne Rebels have agreed to release Jono Lance to the Queensland Reds, effectively immediately.

The 26-year-old will return to the Reds, where he made 20 Super Rugby appearances between 2011-2013, including a Super Rugby title.

“We understand and respect Jono’s request so in the best interest of Australian rugby and the player we’ve agreed to release him from his contract, Melbourne Rebels General Manager Professional Rugby & Pathways Nick Ryan said.

“We wish him well in his return to the Reds.”

The Rebels flyhalf stocks have received a boost with the return of Jack Debreczeni on a one-year contract after he spent the off-season with the Honda Heat in Japan’s Top Challenge League.

Debreczeni made 42 Super Rugby appearances, including 170 points, in four seasons with the Rebels following his debut off the bench against the Waratahs in Round 15, 2014.

“We’re pleased to welcome Jack back to the Rebels, he will provide additional depth and experience to a highly competitive squad which already includes Jack Maddocks, Taylor Adams and Jack McGregor,” Ryan said.

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).

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