The Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia are delighted to confirm Wallabies’ star Taniela Tupou has officially joined the Rebels on a multi-year deal.
In one of the most exciting announcements in Club history, Tupou will arrive in Melbourne at the completion of the 2023 Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific season and will remain a Rebel until at least the end of 2025.
Tupou’s signature bolsters an already imposing Rebels front-row rich in size, strength and international experience.
However, the twenty-six-year-old's value will extend far beyond just AAMI Park, with Tupou to be a valuable addition to the Rebels’ Pasifika efforts designed to promote and celebrate Pasifika culture and tradition, while enriching the lives of its community through the game of rugby.
Melbourne Rebels CEO, Baden Stephenson, said Tupou’s commitment was a special moment in Rebels history, and his addition next season would only help the Club build off this season’s campaign.
“To have someone of Taniela’s calibre join the Melbourne Rebels is exciting news for our loyal members and fans, and the wider Victorian community.”
“In a city built on sporting excellence, Taniela’s signing enhances our efforts to grow our game across Victoria, particularly as we head into the Golden Decade with a Lions Tour and a home Rugby World Cup on the horizon.
“We’ve worked really hard with our preparation and can’t wait for the year ahead. Adding such a world class player to our Club next season will only strengthen our program and help us build on 2023.”
A schoolboy sensation, the devastating prop made his Wallabies debut in 2017 in Edinburgh against Scotland and has gone on to represent Australia on 47 occasions. Wallaby number 917, Tupou is currently recovering from an Achilles injury he picked up late last season and will be pushing for selection in his second Rugby World Cup squad in France this year. Wallabies and 2024 Melbourne Rebels signing Taniela Tupou said: “I’d like to thank Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels for the opportunity to continue my career here in Australia for the next two years.”
Today’s big news comes as the Rebels make final preparations for Saturday’s opening Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Western Force in Perth.