Wallabies star confirms move to Sunwolves

    2018-12-02 13:41

    Cape Town - Wallabies and former Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon has confirmed he has signed with the Sunwolves for the 2019 Super Rugby season, and effectively closed the last door on a World Cup berth by saying he wants to stay with Suntory as well.

    It was revealed last week on Rugby Australia's official website that McMahon had overlooked offers from Australian Super Rugby franchises to sign a one-year contract with the Sunwolves.

    The 24-year-old confirmed that deal to Kyodo News on Saturday but revealed it is still dependant on a medical, due to a foot injury he is carrying.

    McMahon left Australia to play in the Top League at the end of 2017 but a competition hiatus in Japan 2019, to accommodate the Rugby World Cup, opened the possibility for Japanese-based Aussies to return home for a crack at making the Wallabies squad for the World Cup.

    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika wants McMahon to be in the mix but while the hard-running flanker elected to get back into Super Rugby, he wants to do it for the Japanese side.

    "It was a tough decision but I love being here in Japan and the opportunity was there and I just went with it," McMahon said after Suntory progressed to the Top League semis with a 28-26 win over Kubota.

    McMahon had not played since September due to a “Lisfranc” foot injury, and he said it may still be an obstacle to playing for the Sunwolves.

    "My foot still needs a bit of work to get back to the level where I want to be playing at," he added.

    The last remaining option that would allow McMahon to play at the World Cup for the Wallabies would be to sign, at some point prior, with an Australian rugby side for the 2020-21 seasons.

    But the 26-cap flanker also appeared to confirm the speculation he intended to re-sign with Suntory instead.

    "I would love to continue on here especially with Suntory," said McMahon.

    "It's a great side, the staff, the facilities, the way we play. It's a great place to be playing footy and I've been loving it.

    "There's a lot of young talent that I enjoy playing with and I am trying to teach them what I have learnt from my playing experiences."

    Read More On:  sunwolves sean mcmahon rugby

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk


    04 August 2018
    28 July 2018
    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018


    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Lions (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Stormers
    • Bulls

    Opinion Poll

    Who will win the 2018 Rugby Championships?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.