Cape Town - Victorian hooker Jordan Uelese has committed to Australian
Rugby ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup after the rising star was recognised
for his breakout year with a new Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia contract.
The contract extension with the Rebels until the end of 2020
caps off a remarkable year for the 20-year-old home-grown talent who shot into
Australia’s World Cup calculations with his performances in 2017.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to continue my
Super Rugby career in my home town with the Rebels,” Uelese said.
“It’s the dream of every player in Australia to represent
the Wallabies at a Rugby World Cup but I understand that I’ve still got plenty
of hard work ahead of me to improve all areas of my game to give myself the
“I feel like my best development will come at the Rebels in
the world-class rugby environment so I look forward to playing my part in
contributing to the club on and off the field for the years to come.”
Uelese established himself as one of the most promising
forwards in Australian rugby following his Super Rugby and Wallabies debuts,
and represented Australia at the World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia.
Uelese made three Super Rugby appearances this year after
his debut off the bench against the Blues in the opening round of the 2017
season at AAMI Park.
The young hooker caught the eye of Wallabies coach Michael
Cheika with his impressive performances at the 2017 World Rugby U20s
Championship in Georgia and was named in his first Wallabies squad for The
Uelese showed no signs of nerves when he made his Wallabies
debut off the bench against South Africa in Perth before a try against
Argentina in just his second Test appearance in Canberra.
“We’re thrilled that Jordan has recommitted to the Melbourne
Rebels and we’re incredibly proud of his achievement as the first home-grown
player to progress through every level of the Rebels pathway to debut for the
Wallabies,” Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said.
“We’re determined to build a Melbourne Rebels franchise
around long-term key players and we see Jordan as one of those core players who
will significantly contribute to the future success of this club on and off the