Wallabies hooker extends stay with Rebels

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:41
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NEWS: Victorian hooker Jordan Uelese has committed to Australian Rugby until 2020, after the rising star was recognised for his breakout year with a new contract with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels.

The Rebels rake will now have his eyes firmly set on the 2019 World Cup, in a deal that caps off a remarkable year for the 20-year-old.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to continue my Super Rugby career in my home town with the Rebels," said Uelese. 
 
"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 best chance.

"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 team on and off the field for the years to come."
 
Uelese established himself as one of the most promising forwards in Australian rugby in 2017, following his debut at both Super Rugby and International level.

The 20-year-old shot into Wallabies contention after several standout displays for Australia at the World Rugby Under-20s Championship in Georgia.

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.
 
The Melbourne local product became just the first home-grown player to debut for the Wallabies after progressing through Victorian Rugby's elite player pathway.
 
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.

Uelese is currently with the Wallabies on the November Tour ahead of the team's final Test of the year against Scotland on Saturday.