Rebels developing playing core in Supplementary Squad

The Melbourne Rebels have one eye on the future with a core group of development players that make up our 2018 Supplementary Squad.

The program, driven by Player Development coach Craig McGrath, ensures the players are developed inline with the Rebels’ structures, styles and philosophies to ensure a seemless transition to Super Rugby.

“Player development is at the heart of the Melbourne Rebels rugby program as it ensures we have a consistent and competive squad in Super Rugby,” Rebels General Manager Professional Rugby & Pathways Nick Ryan said.

“In 2017, we used 38 players over the course of the season, so it highlighted to us as a club the importance of developing depth in your squad, player development and physical preparation for Super Rugby.

“The Supplementary Squad players are a good balance between experienced professional players such as Jack and Pama, with an exciting mix of youngsters in Kiti, Esei, Trevor, Sama and Hunter who have experienced or will experience Junior World Cup Rugby competition and will no doubt be long term Rebels beyond the 2018 season”.

Ha’angana already has five Super Rugby appearances to his name after the hulking lock provided injury cover for the Rebels in 2017, when he became the club’s youngest ever Rebels debutant. while

While, 18-year-old Melbourne raised Hosea won the Merv and Iris Allen Award for the best team man in the Australian Schoolboys team in 2017.

The Supplementary Squad members are eligible for Super Rugby selection.

Supplementary Squad:
Jack Debreczeni
Pone Fa’amausili
Pama Fou
Esei Ha’angana
Trevor Hosea
Sama Malolo
Hunter Paisami
Kitione Ratu

The Melbourne Rebels are in Japan to take on the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday 3 March from 3.15pm (AEDT). The Rebels return home to play the Brumbies at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday 9 March from 7.40pm (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.