Colin Windon (37)
No. He is not in the extended training squad.
He was not named at all.
He was not named at all.
What I am hoping is that they keep most of the squad so that at last there is some continuity. Turning over 1/3 to 1/4 of the team every year is no way to build a franchise. Weeks, Mitchell and Jones are the only originals left after only 4 seasons
yes unfortunately i have to agree with you.This is the problem with having a team in a non rugby state, you are invariably filling it with players that will move on, especially if success is not regular.
Super rugby is a catch 22 for Melbourne while it is fantastic having a team there, the reality is the standard required limits the ability of the local market to produce players, it is probably 10-20 years away from having a genuine local presence in the team.
Super rugby is not really a great fit for a city like melbourne, support for the team is pretty much expatriates, and although the club is doing a fantastic job promoting the code locally, it is simply to hard for the team to get any exposure in a market that has little or no understanding of the competition that the Rebels play in.
Until Super rugby becomes a closed conference, with a genuine domestic content in Australia, i think it will be just Groundhog day when it comes to the rebels.
My money is on Woody heading back to NZ in August and Ellison back to Japan for the season and NZ in 2015 . TT replaced Woody on Friday night - first time he hasn't played the full 80 this season. (Pyle has had very limited time on the field since he announced he was heading to France in 2015).
Ellison has been away from NZ so long he now counts as a foreign player under NZRU's eligibility rules for Super Rugby. Highlanders asked for an exemption & got turned down, as they did last time they asked & he wound up in Melbourne. Japan I think has already been confirmed but after that it's probably Europe for him.
I thought that he couldn't do it this year because he still had a Japanese contract, and therefore didn't count as a NZ player, but from February next year, he could go back since his contract was over?
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OK thought he was. getting confused, it was Neville
The buzz yesterday that Melbourne Rebels winger Tom English would be selected proved to be only half-right with McKenzie naming him as one of four players from outside the squad to train alongside the Wallabies when they go into camp at Sanctuary Cove on June 1 ahead of the June 7 First Test against Les Bleus at Suncorp Stadium.
The others are Brumbies winger Henry Speight, who is still three months away from being eligible for Wallabies selection, Rebels lock Cadeyrn Neville and Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan.