Rebels sign Waratahs back Horwitz

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00
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NEWS: The Melbourne Rebels squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season has received a boost with the signature of Waratahs back David Horwitz.

After breaking the Rebels hearts with a game-winning try in the dying seconds at AAMI Park earlier this season, the 22-year-old centre has put pen to paper on a one-year contract to join the Victorians for next season.

"David's signature is a coup for the Melbourne Rebels and clear indication that this team is building a competitive squad to challenge for the Australian Conference and Super Rugby finals," Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said.

"We've been impressed by David's development over the last two years as a strong ball carrier, effective communicator and ball player at first or second receiver through the NRC with NSW Country Eagles and at Super Rugby level with the Waratahs.

"David will complement our backline nicely which will boast three current Wallaby squad members and five current Australian Under-20s representatives in 2018. David will add versatility, strong competition and experience so we're pleased that he will continue his promising career with the Rebels and contribute to the team."

The former Australian Schoolboy (2011/12) and Australian U20s (2014) representative has spent the last four seasons with the Waratahs after he was initially invited the join the team as an 18-year-old.

Horwitz made an immediate impact with a try on his Super Rugby debut against the Queensland Reds in the opening round of the 2016 season before going on to accumulate 26 Super Rugby appearances in 2016 and 2017.

Horwitz has appeared in 13 of 14 games so far this season for the Waratahs, including the last ten at inside centre.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to join the Melbourne Rebels, a team I believe is on the rise with huge potential," Horwitz said.

"In addition to an already strong core group of staff and players, proactive recruitment for 2018 holds the team in good stead to be a prominent threat in the Australian Conference for years to come.

"I'm excited to train at new and very professional facilities and play in a world-class stadium at AAMI Park in the middle of Australia's sporting capital."

The latest recruitment follows the re-signing from skipper Nic Stirzaker, Wallaby James Hanson, lock Steven Cummins and prop Fereti Sa'aga last week.

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Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28