Isi Naisarani makes Rebels switch
Cape Town - Brumbies flank Isi Naisarani will
move south for the 2019 Super Rugby season after putting pen to paper on
a one-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels.
The back-rower lit up Super Rugby in his time at the Brumbies but will re-join former coach Dave Wessels in Melbourne.
won the Nathan Sharpe Medal as the Western Force best-and-fairest under
Wessels in 2017, as well as the RUPA Medal of Excellence before moving
The 23-year old will become eligible for the Qantas
Wallabies in April 2019, as he pushes his case for selection at the
Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.
“It’s been a big two years
for me. I’m really excited to get down to Melbourne and team up with
Dave at the Rebels. He’s had a big impact on me, and helping me to
improve as a player.
“It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was
playing for Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship but I know
that I have to keep on working hard to improve myself as a player.
World Cup in Japan is a big dream of mine and obviously to pull on that
Gold jersey would be something very special,” Naisarani said.
Rebels coach Dave Wessels said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Isi to
Melbourne and it’s a testament to the high performance program we’re
creating here at the Rebels to attract a player of Isi’s quality,”
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to work with Isi again.
“He made a real impression straight away at the Western Force in his
first year of Super Rugby, which is no easy feat to step straight into
one of the toughest provincial rugby competitions in the world.
“Isi brings professionalism and work ethic on and off-the-track to everything he does.
adds a real touch of X-factor and versatility in the backrow and we
think he’ll compliment the strength of our forward pack,” Wessels said.
in Suva, Naisarani first rose to prominence with Souths in Queensland
Premier Rugby in 2016, impressing with his incredible ball carrying and
Naisarani was rewarded with selection in the Brisbane
City squad for the 2016 National Rugby Championship and made the most
of his opportunity, as the 195cm backrower scored five tries and lead
the competition in offloads despite a disappointing season for his team.
then moved to Perth for his Super Rugby chance before teaming with the
Dan McKellar at the Brumbies for the 2017 season.
Meanwhile, the Wallabies will convene for a training camp in Sydney
next week with an extended squad aiming for selection in the opening
Bledisloe Cup Test.