Next Game Rd 1 v QLD Reds

Fri, February 23. 7:30PM,
Olympic Blvd

Emerging Players Program

Congratulations to the following players on their selection into the Emerging Players Program for 2017. This program is aimed at the long-term development of the best athletes here in Victoria, with the goal of progressing them through to represent both the Melbourne Rebels and Australia.

All players have shown the necessary talent, work ethic and dedication needed to succeed at the next level.

We look forward to seeing these players develop over the next 12 months as we work with them on their strength and conditioning and core skills.

Player Club School
Vaauli Faamausili Moorabbin
Alex Sa’aga Northern Melbourne Grammar
Oli Barden Moorabbin Brighton Grammar
Mahe Vailanu Harlequins
Callum Kent Harlequins
Charlie Carter Harlequins Williamstown High
Richard Clift Melbourne Uni
Ben Collins Melbourne Uni
Kenneth Leota Southern Districts Carrum Downs SC
Sunia Finefueaki Melbourne Uni
Mosese Tuipulotu Southern Districts St Kevin’s College
Hinckley Halo Vaovasa-Tuiala Melbourne Uni
Hunter Paisami Harlequins
Sione Tui Power House St Kevin’s College
Angelo Leaupepe Harlequins
Dylan Vi Wyndham
Haloti Fonua Power House VU Secondary College
Jack 0’Shaughnessy Marcellin College
Oneata Schwalger Melbourne
Georgia Cormick Melbourne
Atasi Lafai Melbourne
Kate Gribble Power House
Paula Ioane Box Hill/Quins
Mel Kosanic Power House


Players will undertake annual training programs specifically periodised for each stage of the season. Training programs will target:

Rugby skill and game development

  • Principles of Rugby
  • Core Skills
  • Individual/Position and Unit Specific Skills
  • Performance assessment (game viewing)

Physical development

  • Strength (core competencies and weight training)
  • Speed & Agility
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Flexibility

Off field development

  • Life Skills
  • Social Media Education
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Injury Prevention
  • Recovery
  • Mental Skills
  • Laws
  • Game/Performance Analysis
  • Drug Education (ASADA)