Luke Jones to make Rebels return
Cape Town - Versatile forward Luke Jones will
return to the Melbourne Rebels in 2019 for two seasons, following a
two-year spell in France with Bordeaux.
The 27-year-old made a name for himself as a versatile lock and
blindside flanker during a six-season stint at the Rebels that began in
His departure for France was considered a huge loss for Australian
Rugby, with the talented youngster seemingly on the cusp of consistent
"Having observed the transformation of the club over the last year,
it's obvious the Rebels have taken massive steps forward on and off the
field and I want to be a part of that," stated Jones.
"I'm not content with my rugby as yet and to continue my development
as a player, the most important consideration for me was to find a world
class rugby program that would help take my game to the next level.
Speaking with David Wessels and a few of my former team-mates and
looking at the quality of the list at the Rebels, it's going to be a
great challenge for me week to week to earn my spot."
"I wanted to return to Australia and the fact that I get to return to
Melbourne just makes it that much more satisfying. I'm really looking
forward to reconnecting with old friends at the club and running out
again onto AAMI Park. I have such fond memories of my previous time with
the Rebels, but I want to add greater new memories too."
With 74 Super Rugby caps already to his name, Jones will bolster a
pack already brimming with talent. Jones' experience is just one of the
factors that has Rebels GM of Rugby Nick Ryan so excited.
"To be able to bring back to Melbourne a player of Luke's quality is a
reflection of the quality rugby program and momentum we are building at
the Rebels," said Ryan.
"Luke left Melbourne as a very good player and his game has developed
further over in Europe. He is versatile and athletic and he is one of
us. He's returning because he can see the potential in us and we want
him back because we can see the potential in him."
Jones's signing adds another dimension to a potent 2019 Melbourne
Rebels back row which will feature recent Wallaby tourist Angus
Cottrell, Richard Hardwick, and new recruit Isi Naisarani
amongst a host of other talented players.