Melbourne Calling: Maunder Latest Capped International To Sign With Rebels

Thu, Jul 20, 2023, 12:05 AM
Rebels Media
by Rebels Media

The Melbourne Rebels are thrilled to announce their latest player signing, with capped International Jack Maunder committing to the Rebels. 

The talented twenty-six-year-old has signed a one-year-deal and will provide valuable depth to the Rebels’ halfback stocks, combining with experienced duo James Tuttle and Ryan Louwrens. 

A proven winner, Maunder heads down under following 149 appearances for the Exeter Chiefs over seven memorable years playing in England. 

After an impressive opening two seasons in the English Premiership, Maunder made his Test debut in 2017, running out for England during their clash against Argentina. 

Three years later, Maunder would start in the No.9 jersey during Exeter’s impressive English Premiership Final win over Wasps, along with the Club’s stunning European Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92.

In May, Wallabies Head Coach Eddie Jones would call up Maunder to start alongside Rebels alumni Quade Cooper during the Barbarians’ win over the World XV at Twickenham. 

Maunder said he was looking forward to adding value to the Rebels dynamic playing style and reuniting with Rebels Assistant Coach, Geoff Parling. 

“When the opportunity came up to come to a different country and play in a competition I've watched since I was a kid, I was extremely grateful and couldn’t be more excited to learn and develop as much as I can for the Rebels,” said Maunder. 

“I played with Geoff Parling at Exeter and he is someone I have always looked up to, so when Geoff and Kevin reached out and told me the aspirations that the club has, but also how great Melbourne is, I was immediately very excited to join.

“Super Rugby tests you in different ways and it’s played with a faster, more attacking style, so I'm looking forward to developing my game management and reading the game differently. 

“I want to help and be a part of a successful Rebels team, which is stacked with talented, exciting players and great coaches and I really believe that the group can be successful next year.”

Maunder is the latest Capped International to sign with the Rebels, following the recent acquisitions of All Black Matt Proctor and Wallabies trio Lakhan Salakaia-Loto, Filipo Daugunu and Taniela Tupou. 

Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby, Nick Stiles, said the Club was excited to secure the services of the talented halfback. 

“Jack’s signing is a strategic recruitment for our Club as we look to continue evolving our squad for season 2024,” said Stiles. 

“Jack boasts a wealth of top level experience and comes from a successful rugby program that has tasted English Premiership success, so we’re really excited to welcome him to the Melbourne Rebels and have him be a part of what we’re building.”

“We believe Jack’s ability to control the tempo of a game, his sharp passes and long-range kicking abilities will compliment our playing model, as we look to take our fast, fearless and resolute approach to new heights in 2024.” 

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