Melbourne Rebels sign highly touted teenage duo for Super Rugby 2022
The Melbourne Rebels are delighted to announce the signings of Lukas Ripley and Zac Hough ahead of the next Super Rugby season 2022.
The exciting pair have engaged with the Rebels until at least the end of 2023, strengthening Melbourne’s strong core of young talent.
“It’s great to have two talented young players in high demand like Lukas and Zac who engage with the Rebels and want to be a part of the connected culture we are building in Melbourne,” said Melbourne Rebels general manager Nick. Stiles.
“Zac is a great back row rower with a wide range of skills and awareness of the game, while Lukas has an exceptional work rate with strong tactile passing ability, which we were aiming for in the middle position.
“We’re really happy with the balance we’ve developed with our core team, so to add to the caliber of this underlying talent, ready to show up over the next two or three years, it’s going to put us in a excellent position to create lasting and long term success for the rebels and for Victorian rugby.
At just 19 years old, Ripley is considered one of the most exciting young centers in Australian rugby after two impressive campaigns with the University of Queensland and Souths in Queensland Premier Grade, after a dominant final year of First XV with the prestigious Brisbane Boys College.
The Mackay-born prodigy joins Melbourne after gaining valuable two-season professional experience as a member of the Queensland Reds academy.
The powerful rider also won the selection in this year’s Junior Wallabies opening squad, joining current rebels Josh Canham, Glen Vaihu, Ngalu Kavapalu, Lolesio Sione, Taliu Tuia and brothers Mason and Carter Gordon, who have all been selected in the prestigious national program of the course of the season.
Ripley recognized that the Rebels’ strong family culture was the main driver of his engagement.
“I am really delighted to join such a fantastic club as the Melbourne Rebels, to meet my new teammates and to fit in,” said Ripley.
“What really stood out to me was how welcoming and supportive the club was, and how family oriented the staff who spoke to me were – I can’t wait to get started.”
Joining Ripley in Melbourne is electrifying striker Zach Hough, who is considered Queensland’s top schoolboy rugby prospect.
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Currently in his third season of First XV at Brisbane Boys’ College, Hough is a dynamic flanker with a fierce appetite for contact, with an inherent ability to break through lines of opposition.
Hough joins the Rebels with a winning pedigree, having recently led Brisbane Boys’ College to a remarkable GPS rugby Premiership in 2020, which saw the 18-year-old selected for a squad of schoolboys from the XV of the world.
The solidly built rear rower said he was delighted to reconnect with former Brisbane Boys’ College teammate Mason Gordon and launch his Super Rugby career in the sporting capital of the world.
“I am delighted to join the Rebels and grateful for this wonderful opportunity to showcase the person and the player that I am,” said Hough.
“One of the key factors in joining the club was the opportunity to come and train with such an elite program, in a lush city like Melbourne.
“There are a few familiar faces in the Rebels that I’ve played with or against, so it’s going to be great for our team’s cohesion and I can’t wait to get started.
– The Melbourne rebels
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