Haylett-Petty named Rebels captain
Melbourne - Dane Haylett-Petty will captain the Melbourne Rebels in the 2019 Super Rugby competition.
After an extensive selection process, Haylett-Petty’s outstanding
leadership abilities, exceptional levels of professionalism and
well-respected status within the club earned him the nod.
As he begins his second year as a Rebel and eleventh season as a
professional player, Haylett-Petty says he feels honoured being selected
as the Captain in what promises to be an exciting year.
“I’m thrilled about having the opportunity to lead the club for the
2019 season,” Haylett-Petty told the Rebels' official website.
“I loved my first year here in Melbourne and I can feel we are building something special with the group we have.”
Despite having his first season in the role, Haylett-Petty took the opportunity to recognise the senior players supporting him.
“We have a great leadership group here. The standards and intensity
that those guys have been bringing to pre-season has really influenced
the behaviours of the entire playing group,” he said.
“This role is coming at a really exciting time for the club; the vibe
around the clubhouse is incredible at the moment. It’s feels like we’re
on the cusp of something special.
“We know there’s a lot of hard work ahead of us though, but we’re excited to get our season started.”
Melbourne Rebels head coach David Wessels gave a glowing endorsement for his new skipper.
“Dane was an obvious choice as a Captain. Everyone here at the Rebels
really values his leadership abilities and I think he will make a great
skipper for our side,” he said.
“He’s a great organiser in our back line and is a well-spoken
individual, so any message he delivers will be greatly received by the
“I’m conscious of the fact that we have quite a lot of players with
captaincy experience, both at Super Rugby and international level.
“That’s a real positive for us; having plenty of leaders who can
drive change within the organisation. Dane is wise enough to lean on
those guys for advice when he sees fit.”