Two profile Melbourne Rebel and Wallaby players bid farewell to Australian rugby on Saturday night after the Wallabies quarter-final loss to England in Oita.
Former Rebels captain Adam Coleman and one time Wallabies Captain Will Genia took a final bow on the big stage before departing Australian rugby to join overseas clubs.
For Genia, who now links up with the Kintetsu Liners in Japan, the loss represents the last time he will don the Wallaby Gold after announcing his retirement from international rugby.
“Will’s impact on Australian rugby has been immense,” reflected Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson.
“We brought Will down to Melbourne two years ago at a critical juncture in our Club’s history.
“Having the voice of 100 Test Wallaby and a Super Rugby champion in your dressing room was invaluable.
“He brought a huge rugby intellect to the Rebels and will be remembered as one of Australia’s greatest halfbacks.
”Former Rebels captain Adam Coleman will now call London Irish home after signing on to join the Premiership club.
Having amassed 37 caps since his Australian debut in 2016, Coleman will not be eligible to play for the Wallabies whilst contracted overseas, but at 28 years of age still has time on his side.
“Adam’s signing for the Rebels at a turbulent time in 2017 was a significant moment for the Club,” stated Stephenson.
“Adam saw us transition through one of the most challenging times in Australian Super Rugby history.
“We wish Adam and Will the best of luck for the next phase in their journey.”