Rebels lock in pair of Junior Wallabies reps including brother of Wallaby prospest
The Melbourne Rebels have locked down Mason Gordon, the younger brother of five-eighth sensation Carter Gordon until at least the end of 2024.
Carter Gordon is having a breakout Super Rugby Pacific season and tipped for higher honours this year with the Rugby World Cup in France starting in September.
Mason, who at 20 is two years younger, has signed a new deal while fellow Australian U20’s representative David Vaihu has also re-committed for an extra year.
The pair will be part of the Junior Wallabies squad to face New Zealand in Wellington next week ahead of the U20s World Cup in South Africa.
Yet to make his Super debut, Queenslander Mason said he wanted to play alongside his brother, while also learning from Wallabies star Andrew Kellaway.
“The reason I wanted to stay in Melbourne is because I’m learning so much and developing quickly in Melbourne,” said Mason, who is also a five-eighth.
“As well as having my brother Carter there and learning off him, working with the likes of Andrew Kellaway has definitely impacted my decision to stay in Melbourne at the Rebels.”
Carter, meanwhile, will return from a knee injury to face the Western Force on Friday night in the Rebels’ final home game of the season.
Stalwart Reece Hodge will break the club record for most Super Rugby appearances in a Rebels jersey, overtaking Tom English’s 98 caps.
Melbourne coach Kevin Foote has made six changes for the AAMI Park match.
Rising hooker Theo Fourie is among the changes and has been named to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench.
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Retallick and whitelock still good enough to take on the best but they have to produce the quality several games in a row. Who do the Kiwis have after they and Scott b? At least the front row will be okay. Back row interesting coz Sam came and Ardie look sorta essential but can it work? Works better with brodies work rate but still.. what do you think nick. Can they get away without the backup locks?Go to comments
He’s probably right. The Boks are going to play like the Boks and that’s hard to shake but on saying that the Boks were done in Brighton and pressured by Japan in Japan. Dunno what tongas got in the front row but their loosies will be powerful and their back three very dangerous. Maybe Adam coleman at lock and sekope kepu up front?Go to comments