Rebels targeting Super Rugby title after poor 2017

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:47
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Judging by their player signings over the last few months, the Melbourne Rebels should be no pushovers like they were in previous seasons.

The Rebels have added considerable depth to their squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season, which includes a number of Wallabies.

Will Genia, Adam Coleman, Dane Haylett-Petty, Billy Meakes and Richard Hardwick are just some of the names that have joined the Melbourne side.

"With the roster we've got, people are expecting big things," said Rebels star Reece Hodge.

"It's up to us to fulfil those expectations and really have a great year.

"If every one of our players who have got a reputation are playing well consistently week to week, then we're going to have some great results for the team, both from an individual level playing to our ability and then also gelling as a team."

The Rebels finished last in the overall Super Rugby standings in 2017, but now talk of a Super Rugby title can be heard in Melbourne.

“We've pretty much written off last year, to be honest," Hodge added.

"All we're focused on is round one against the Reds in Melbourne and how we can build over the course of the season to hopefully win a Super Rugby title.

"We're not coming into come second or third or fourth or improve on last year, we're coming to win the thing, so that's our focus at the moment."

Meanwhile, Jono Lance is set to join English Premiership club Worcester Warriors for the 2018/2019 season.

He is set to take up a contract in the same vein as former Rebels hooker James Hanson, who was released to join Gloucester.

Source: @rugbycomau

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