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Rebels Lock Hooker Uelese Up Until End of 2020 Super Rugby Season

If there is anything positive to be said for teams performing badly, it is that a low finish makes it easier to secure the players that give the team the best chance to improve.

Such would seem to be the case for the Melbourne Rebels, who have been on a signing spree in the attempt to vacate the Super Rugby cellar, where their 2017 results had them fifth in the Australian Conference, 10th in the AustralasianGroup and 18th overall.

They have locked away Wallabies hooker Jordan Uelese until the end of 2020.

To say Uelese is an up-and-comer might be an understatement. The 20-year-old made his debut against the Springboks in September, despite playing for only 28 minutes for the Rebels in his debut season of Super Rugby.

He is seen as a long-term solution to replace veteran Stephen Moore and Tatufu Polota-Nau, when the time comes and his signing is seen as providing a boost to the Wallabies prospects for the final Test of the year in Scotland.

Uelese said, “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to continue my Super Rugby career in my home town with the Rebels.”

He went on to say that he would like to prove himself worthy of selection to Michael Cheika’s squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He may indeed have the skills and desire to make it to the Wallabies for 2019, although two years into the future might not find Cheika in place, given Cheika’s latest thumb of the nose to the rugby powers that be.

Uelese elaborated, “It’s the dream of every player in Australia to represent the Wallabies at a Rugby World Cup but I understand that I’ve still got plenty of hard work ahead of me to improve all areas of my game to give myself the best chance.I feel like my best development will come at the Rebels in the world class rugby environment so I look forward to playing my part in contributing to the club on and off the field for the years to come.”

He may be young, but Uelese already has the talking part down.