As part of our Citizen Watch ‘Spending Time’ series, we catch up with former Rebels to see how they are tracking since finishing up at The Stockade.
This week we caught up with loveable prop Tim Metcher.
What has post-Super Rugby life looked like for you?
I have definitely taken a different route in my rugby career. I’d had a lot of bad luck with injuries during my time in Super Rugby, so when the opportunity to play over in America arose, I jumped at it.
I needed a fresh start both mentally and physically and that decision has ultimately changed my life and rekindled my love for rugby.
Personally, things are going really well, my wife Brooke and I got married in Sydney last November and have spent the last three years travelling and living abroad which has been a great experience for us.
What was the greatest challenge moving from Australia to Seattle to play rugby and what’s the union scene like in America?
I arrived in Seattle for pre-season in the inaugural season of MLR and just like any start up franchise we had our teething issues.
Rugby was a relatively unknown sport which meant we had the opportunity to create a product for North America to fall in love with for the first time.Seeing the growth over the last 3 years has been amazing.
Teams already have rivalries, fans are flying all over America to watch their beloved team live, the support from the community has been unbelievable.
I look forward to seeing it continue to progress.
What were some of your favourite memories during your time at AAMI Park?
I think the move to AAMI Park itself was a milestone in the clubs’ history.
The team had previously been based at VISY park with the training base definitely below par.
Mid 2016 the team re located to our new Rebel HQ at AAMI park which truly is a world class facility smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s famous sporting sector.
Who was your favourite teammate to play with and why?
I’d have to say Mr Rebel himself, Laurie Weeks.
Weeksy was someone that I’d always looked up to being a senior tight head prop and really took me under his wing. He really is a loveable character and one of the favourites around the locker room.
We remain good friends to this day, he was able to fly over to Seattle last year for a few days and catch a rugby game which was great.
What do you miss the most about playing for the Rebels?
I think the main thing that sticks out about my time at the Rebels was the tight knit playing group.
Majority of the team had moved from interstate to play in Melbourne which meant that a lot of us only had each other to lean on both in and outside of rugby.
We had a family culture with partners included, we went through a lot of adversity as a club together.
During your playing days, where was your favourite spot to go during a day off?
I lived in Brunswick during my time in Melbourne which really is a hipster café hotspot, great for people watching while you flick through the newspaper.
One of my favourites was a little spot on Sydney Road called “Green Refectory” - phenomenal home-made pastries. If you want to be a little naughty, treat yourself to one of the best burgers in town at “Kustom Burgers” in Thornbury.