Rebels sign Edinburgh lock
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Melbourne Rebels roster for the 2017 Super Rugby season continues to
take shape with Australian lock Alex Toolis signing his first
professional Super Rugby contract with the franchise.
Brisbane-born Toolis will return to Australia after playing for
Edinburgh in the PRO12 since 2013, which included an appearance in the
2015 European Challenge Cup final.
The 24-year-old moved to Scotland after he helped the GPS Old Boys to the 2013 Queensland Premier Rugby Grand Final.
Toolis, along with twin brother Ben, was a member of the Australian
Rugby Union’s National Academy where he played in the Pacific Nations
Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan said his experience in a set
piece dominated northern hemisphere will be a welcome addition to the
“Alex is an athletic and skilled lock who will bring strong set piece
experience to the Melbourne Rebels and a hungry attitude to succeed in
the world’s toughest Rugby competition,” McGahan told the Rebels'
Standing at over two metres tall, the 117kg lock made 25 appearances,
including two tries, for Edinburgh, along with short-term loans with
2015 PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors and London Irish.
Toolis is looking forward to testing his skills against the world’s best.
“Playing in Europe was a great experience and helped develop my game
but I’m excited by the opportunity to return home and test myself
against the world’s best players with the Melbourne Rebels,” he said.
Toolis will play for the Melbourne Rising in the upcoming 2016
Australia's National Rugby Championship (NRC), the seven-week national
underpinning competition to Super Rugby.
The Rising plays a key role in the development and preparation of athletes for the rigours of professional rugby.