Nick Jooste has been rewarded for his strong finish to this year’s Super Rugby Pacific campaign, penning a new deal with the Melbourne Rebels today.
Jooste will remain at the Stockade until at least the end of the 2023 season, boosting the Rebels’ depth in attack.
The West Australian carries an impressive junior background, having represented both the Australian Schoolboys (2015) and Junior Wallabies programs (2016 – 2017).
During this period, Jooste became just the sixth Australian player to sign a Super Rugby contract while still in high school.
After gaining valuable experience in Japan, Jooste returned to Australian shores in 2020, before re-uniting with former Australian under-20’s teammates James Tuttle and Rob Leota twelve-months later at the Rebels.
Following a pair of strong performances in trials against the Waratahs and Fijian Drua, Jooste made his Rebels’ debut in the Club’s round 3 clash against the Drua in Queensland.
The versatile back would go on to make six more appearances, highlighted by an eye-catching round 15 performance against the Highlanders, where Jooste scored a memorable try while running for forty-two metres from seven runs, beating a team-high four defenders.
As he enters the beginning of his prime, Jooste says he’s excited to build on last year’s campaign and help the Rebels push for finals in 2023.
“The driving factor behind me re-signing was the connection of our playing group,” said Jooste.
“I really had a great time this year with a young playing squad that you could see at the backend of the year, really begin to find its feet.
“I also really enjoyed working under Kevin Foote, who I’ve known for a very long time. He’s someone I really respect and that I’m hungry to work for.
“As I approach this pre-season, I just want to turn up every day and put my best foot forward and I think that’s going to go a long way to winning a jersey early in the season and putting myself in the best position to grow as a player.”
Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby Nick Stiles says the Club was thrilled to retain another high character player.
“Nick is a talented player with a tremendous worth ethic and a hunger to grow, so we’re really happy to have him locked in for next season,” said Stiles.
“He’s a consummate professional who, with his size, speed and kicking abilities, is a valuable member of our squad.
“On top of that, Nick is a selfless, team-first, guy who’s a popular member of the playing group and someone that’s excited to continue being part of the culture we’re building here at the Rebels.”