Melbourne Rebels bolster front row stocks

The Melbourne Rebels have bulked up their front row stocks ahead of the 2018 season with the addition of props Sam Talakai and Jermaine Ainsley.

The promising pair will be a further boost to the Rebels pack, complementing the recent signings of forwards Tetera Faulkner, Ben Daley and re-signing of fan favourite back-row Amanaki Mafi.

The 26-year-old Talakai, who has signed until the end of 2019, has made 41 Super Rugby appearances for the Queensland Reds since his debut against the Brumbies in the opening round of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

After impressing in the inaugural season of the National Rugby Championship (NRC), Talakai earned his first shot at Super Rugby, where he quickly became a regular feature for the Reds over the last three years, appearing in 41 of a possible 46 Super Rugby games, including 12 starts in 2017.

“I’m very excited to join the Rebels for the next two seasons,” Talakai told the Melbourne Rebels’ official website.

“The Rebels have made great strides to build on the talent already at the club and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that movement.


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