Rebels to unleash Koroibete

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:20
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NEWS: The Melbourne Rebels confirmed that the new recruit Marika Koroibete will be included in the 18-player squad for the two-day Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament in February.

The inclusion of the former National Rugby League star will continue the 24-year-old’s switch to Rugby with his much-anticipated debut for the Melbourne Rebels.

Koroibete showed positive signs when he made his first appearances in the 15-player code in the Wallaby XV loss to the French Barbarians in Bordeaux where he helped to set up the opening try with an offload and made several key tackles.

"[Koroibete’s] power, speed, and strength will suit the extra space available in the Tens format so we will provide him the opportunity in Brisbane to continue his re-introduction to Rugby in a competitive environment," Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said.

"The Tour allowed Marika to transition to Rugby with the opportunity to learn and train aside the best players so we’re prepared to give him this unique opportunity ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season,"

The wing, who scored 46 tries in 74 appearances with the Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm in a five-year Rugby League career, said he was excited about playing at the Brisbane Tens.

"I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play for the Melbourne Rebels for the first time in a competitive tournament at the Brisbane Tens," Koroibete said.

"The previous Tour was a great opportunity to kick-off my Rugby journey but I’m excited to continue to develop my game, play with my new teammates and positively contribute to the Melbourne Rebels in 2017,"

Koroibete will be unleashed at the inaugural Brisbane Tens tournament which will feature 14 teams from around the world, including the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams, along with the Bulls (South Africa), Toulon (France),  Wild Knights (Japan) and Tonga.

The Rebels, drawn in Pool A, will play against the Chiefs and Wild Knights on the first day of competition before the first Australian derby of the tournament against the NSW Waratahs on Sunday morning.

The Melbourne Rebels will finalise their 18-player squad for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens in January.

The Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will be held on February 11  and 12, 2017 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

There are currently no matches being played
Mon, 19 February 2018
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 14h45 Port Elizabeth
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Cape Town
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 16h30 Cape Town
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0