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Melbourne Rebels have bolstered their squad ahead of the 2018 Super
Rugby season with the inclusion of highly regarded flyhalf Jono Lance
and feared hooker Anaru Rangi.
The pair are the latest in a string of signings to commit to what is shaping to be a dynamic and entertaining playing squad.
“We’re pleased to have Jono and Anaru committed to us,” Melbourne
Rebels General Manager Professional Rugby & Pathways Nick Ryan said.
“As a two-time Super Rugby champion, Jono has a deep understanding of
successful high performance environments and will provide us with
valuable experience and competition for a number of positions across our
“We’ve seen Anaru grow as a player over the last couple of years
through his consistent performance at both Super Rugby and the National
Rugby Championship and believe he will add valuable depth to our
The experienced Lance will bring 51 games of Super Rugby experience
to Melbourne in a seven-year career which has included Super Rugby
titles with both the Reds in 2011 and Waratahs in 2014.
The 27-year-old versatile playmaker earned Wallabies squad selection
for last year’s Spring Tour and appeared in the Wallaby XV in their tour
match against the French Barbarians.
Lance, who will join the club after a short-term contract with
Premiership side Worcester, will provide Head Coach Dave Wessels with a
utility option across the backline having started Super Rugby games at
fly-half, inside and outside centre, and full-back.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to be a part of a very competitive
squad at the Rebels and I’m looking forward to contributing to the
success of the club on and off the field,” Lance said.
Rangi’s committed and physical style earned the former full-time
scaffolder his first professional contract in 2016 after he impressed in
his maiden National Rugby Championship season with the Perth Spirit.
The bone rattling 29-year-old impressed in his nine appearances off
the bench for the Force as a back-up to Wallaby mainstay hooker Tatafu
Polota-Nau and continued to lead by example as vice-captain of the
Spirit in 2017.
Rangi’s performance and consistency during the 2017 NRC was
recognised with Barbarians selection for October’s exhibition game
against the Wallabies.
“The rugby environment at the Rebels is the best place for me to
develop my game so I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue work
with and alongside a group of quality coaches and players to bring the
best out of me,” Rangi said.
The Melbourne Rebels will kick-off their 2018 Super Rugby season at
home when they host the Reds on Friday 23 February at AAMI Park,