Rebels quartet ink new deals
Melbourne - The Rebels have retained four players for Super Rugby 2018
with Nic Stirzaker, James Hanson, Steve Cummins and Fereti Sa’aga recommitting.
Stirzaker, Hanson, Cummins and home-grown talent Sa’aga have
put pen to paper on contract extensions in a boost to the Rebels.
"Our squad for 2018 and beyond continues to take shape
with four highly respected and quality individuals who will contribute to the
Melbourne Rebels," Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said.
"Nic, James, Steve and Fereti have all significantly
contributed positively to the club on and off the field during a challenging
Strizaker will line-up for his seventh season with the
Rebels after the scrumhalf signed his first professional contract with the club
back in 2012, before his Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders just days
after his 21st birthday.
Appointed captain in 2016, the talented skipper with strong
leadership skills has amassed 58 Super Rugby appearances for the Melbourne
Rebels, including six tries.
Hanson, a 12-Test Wallaby, will continue to provide vast experience
to the Rebels front row with the hooker to return for a third season with the
The 28-year-old, who has made 27 appearances for the Rebels
following his arrival from the Queensland Reds in 2016, recorded his 100th
Super Rugby appearance earlier this season against the Waratahs in Round 5 at
Cummins has been rewarded for his consistency in 2017 with a
multi-year contract extension which will see him in Rebels colours until the
end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
Patience has paid off for Cummins, who has impressed to
start all 13 games for the club this season after five appearances in the two
Sa’aga has capped off his debut Super Rugby season with a
contract extension which will see the Victorian product and childhood Rebels
fan remain in Melbourne until 2019.
Following his Super Rugby debut in the second round against
the Hurricanes in Wellington, the Melbourne-born prop has shown maturity and
consistency beyond his 22 years to make 10 appearances in his first