Another one of Australian rugby’s most exciting young prospects, Glen Vaihu, has today re-signed with the Rebels on a new multi-year deal.
Vaihu will remain at the Rebels until at least the end of 2024, continuing to play alongside his younger brother, David, who was recently selected in the Junior Wallabies squad for the upcoming Oceania Rugby U20’s Championships in July.
After arriving at the Rebels at the end of 2019, Glen made his Super Rugby debut during Round 2 of last season’s Super Rugby AU competition at just nineteen-years-old.
The Melbourne-born centre would go on to play six games in 2021, including scoring his first Super Rugby try during his maiden start against reigning Super Rugby Aotearoa champions, the Crusaders, in Sydney.
Twelve-months later, at just twenty-years-old, Vaihu would play all 14 games of the Super Rugby Pacific season, including making 13 starts, while also scoring a memorable breakaway try during the Rebels’ thrilling Round 15 win over the Highlanders.
Vaihu says the opportunity to play in a supportive environment, alongside his friends and family in the city he grew up in, was a key factor behind his decision.
“I’m just extremely grateful I get to be a part of the Rebels for the next two years,” said Vaihu.
“I’ve learnt so much from the players and coaching staff and although we didn’t get the results we had hoped for this season, we’re building towards something amazing and I’m so excited to be a part of it.
“The Rebels have given me the opportunity to grow with my rugby straight out of school, so to do that alongside my brother, it’s been great. It’s been a dream of ours to play on the professional stage together and I can’t wait for what’s yet come in 2023.
“This Club has given so much to us and we can’t wait to give back to the Rebels.”
Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby, Nick Stiles, was thrilled by Vaihu’s re-commitment.
“Glen is one of our most exciting, young talents at the Rebels, and someone who’s been in our development system for a number of years now,” said Stiles.
“Glen’s got tremendous character, is a hard worker and someone who’s driven to keep growing as a person and a player, which really compliments the culture we’re continuing to build at the Rebels.
“He’s an exceptionally quick player and a strong ball carrier, so to know his best rugby will be at the Melbourne Rebels, that’s really exciting for our Club and our supporters.”