NZ prospect pens Rebels deal

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:11
Large tony mcgahan

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: The Melbourne Rebels have been boosted with the signature of New Zealand rising star Jackson Garden-Bachop for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The 22-year-old playmaker, son of former All Black Stephen Bachop, and nephew of Graeme Bachop, has signed his first Super Rugby contract  which is a two-year deal with the Melbourne franchise.

Garden-Bachop made 11 appearances and scored two tries for the Wellington Lions in the New Zealand NPC 2016 season on the way to being named the 2016 Lions Supporters Club player of the season.
 
The versatile flyhalf, who’s capable of playing at inside centre and fullback, etched his name in Wellington’s record books when he slotted seven penalties to down North Harbour and made himself a fan favourite when he kicked a 45-metre penalty after full-time to beat Counties Manukau this season.
 
The Wellington junior and Hurricanes product is a former New Zealand Schoolboy in 2012 and New Zealand Under-20 representative in 2014.
 
Garden-Bachop joined an illustrious group of winners, include Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Lima Sopoaga and Julian Savea when he was named Wellington College Sport’s Rugby Player of the Year in 2012.

The signature of the rising star continues the franchise's ability to recruit quality New Zealand talent. In recent years this has included Tamati Ellison, Adam Thomson, Scott Fuglistaller, Pat Leafa, Jason Woodward and Toby Smith.

Commenting on his decision to move to Australia Garden-Bachop said: "I’m excited to sign my first Super Rugby contract, it’s been a goal of mine for the last four of years since I left school to take the next step so I’m very happy that Melbourne has given me the opportunity.

"I’m definitely ready to give Super Rugby a crack, train full-time and learn from some really good players and top quality coaches so I’m focused on getting to Melbourne and putting in some good work with the Rebels,"

One man really excited about the 38-man squad 2017 inclusion of Garden-Bachop is Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan.

"We have been watching Jackson for some time and we have been very impressed with his temperament, consistency of core skills and hunger to compete,"

Melbourne Rebels squad:

Cruze Ah-Nau, Steve Cummins, Dominic Day, Jack Debreczeni, Tom English, Colby Fainga’a, Pama Fou , Harley Fox, Jackson Garden-Bachop , James Hanson, Reece Hodge, Mitch Inman, Sam Jeffries, Marika Koroibete , Pat Leafa, Rob Leota, Tyrel Lomax , Jack McGregor , Sean McMahon, Jack Maddocks , Amanaki Mafi , Ben Meehan, Tim Metcher, Tom Moloney, Sefa Naivalu, Jonah Placid, Jordy Reid, Culum Retallick, Dominic Shipperley, Siliva Siliva, Toby Smith, Mick Snowden, Nic Stirzaker, Lopeti Timani, Alex Toolis , Sione Tuipulotu, Jordan Uelese, Laurie Weeks.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10