Mafi voted Rebels' player of the year
Melbourne - Tonga-born Japan international Amanaki Mafi has
won the Melbourne Rebels player of the year award at the Super Rugby club.
Mafi, who has played 16 test matches for Japan, was the
fifth consecutive back-rower to win the award in the voting results announced
Wednesday by the Rebels.
According to SANZAAR statistics, the 27-year-old Mafi was
second in Super Rugby this season for runs with 196 carries, behind the Chiefs'
Damien McKenzie with 210.
Mafi also led the Rebels for minutes played and line breaks
and was one of just three Rebels to appear in all 15 matches.
Melbourne placed last in the Australian conference with one
win and a draw during the regular season.
Either the Rebels or the Perth-based Force are
expected to be cut next season as the tournament is reduced to 15 teams.
The Cheetahs and Kings have already been confirmed
as the South African teams to be eliminated from the current 18-team