Wallaby U20 prop signs with Rebels
NEWS: Australia Under-20 and Brumbies prop Tyrel Lomax has signed a two-year contract with the Melbourne Rebels.
The Australian U20 star is the son of former rugby league international and Canberra Raiders legend John Lomax. He will joined the Rebels in 2017.
He followed in his dad’s footsteps into rugby league before a return to Canberra to finish his studies at Rugby nursery St Edmunds College saw him swap codes.
The hulking front-rower, who weighs in at 127kg and stands at 193cm, is a boom signing for the Rebels given he started every game at the recent U20 World Cup.
Commenting on the new acquisition, Rebels coach Tony McGahan said: "[Lomax] demonstrated during the recent World Rugby Championship that he’s a strong scrummager and has well developed core skills for his size.
"We’re looking forward to fast tracking his development and providing opportunities for him to transition into Super Rugby next season,"
Lomax said he was excited by the prospects at the Rebels, which will feature a number of his Ausstalia U20 teammates next season, including Sione Tuipulotu, Rob Leota, Harley Fox, Jordan Uelese and Jack Maddocks.
"I’m very excited to be joining the Rebels next month, it’s massive for my family and I to sign my first Super Rugby contract.
"The Rebels are an exciting team that are bringing a lot of young players through Super Rugby and, like me, who have committed long term to the culture the Rebels are seeking to create.
"I had a good chat with teammates while I was on [Australian U20] tour and they said it was a great program and how much it has done for their development. I’m looking forward to relocating to Melbourne and consider this as a long term commitment to the Rebels," Lomax said.