Rebels Captain and Wallabies playmaker, Matt To’omua has today re-committed to the Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia until the end of 2023.
To’omua’s signing comes as a great boost for the Rebels on the eve of the Trans-Tasman tournament and their first game against the Auckland Blues at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
To’omua has been in commanding form with the boot during the Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU, finishing as equal highest points scorer alongside James O’Connor from the Reds.
The 31 year-old was elevated to Rebels captain for the Super Rugby AU season to cover the injured Dane Haylett-Petty and will continue that role for the upcoming Trans-Tasman series.
Melbourne born, To’omua’s extension until the end of the 2023 season will see him notch up five years for the Rebels and hopefully surpass 50 matches for the club.
The 50 match milestone is much closer in his Wallabies career with Matt having represented his country 47 times to date, and will be hoping to extend this number later this year.
To’omua, who is also currently the President of Rugby Union Players Union, is a huge signing for the Rebels both on and off the field, according to Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson.
“Matt is an enormous part of our club and culture here at the Rebels. He has done a fantastic job as captain this season and we are delighted to have him on board for a further two years. He’s a leader at the Rebels across all areas of our club and him re-committing shows great faith in our rugby program and the great group of players we have both now, and lined up for next year,” Stephenson said.
“I’m really excited to re-commit to the Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia. We are building something special at the Rebels and it is great to be a part of it alongside the rest of the team. Like our fans, I was disappointed with how we finished up in the Super Rugby AU season and we are keen to come out really strong this Saturday against the Blues and play to our potential,” To’omua said.
“It’s been great to see the resurgence of rugby in Australia this year, with fantastic support for the new Super Rugby AU competition. Having spent some time in the Wallabies camp a few weeks back, I could sense a real sense of excitement from everyone involved and I’m looking forward to the upcoming Test matches later this year,” he added.
“Matt’s re-signing gives us a big boost as part of our team. He’s well respected amongst the players and wider rugby community here in Melbourne and is integral part of our squad moving forward,” said Rebels Interim Head Coach, Kevin Foote.
The Melbourne Rebels play the Auckland Blues at AAMI Park this Saturday May 15 at 7:45 PM in Round One of the Trans-Tasman competition. The clash will be shown live on Stan Sports AU and 9Gem.