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Rebels sign Wallabies trio

Australia lock Matt Philip

Former Western Force trio Matt Philip, Billy Meakes and Richard Hardwick have followed Dave Wessels to the Rebels.

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Australia lock Philip has signed a two-year deal to make the move to Melbourne after the Force lost their Super Rugby status.

Flanker Hardwick, who made his first two Wallabies appearances in June, also joins until the end of the 2019 season along with centre Meakes.

Meakes is part of Michael Cheika’s squad for Australia’s current tour of the northern hemisphere, but has not yet made his debut.

Wessels has also added New Zealand underage international Tayler Adams to his squad for an additional option at fly-half.

“We’re delighted to have Matt, Dickie (Hardwick) and Billy join us. All three of them work incredibly hard and want to be part of the Wallabies team at the next World Cup. They’ll be a great addition to our squad both on and off field,” Rebels head coach Wessels said.

“Tayler has shown exceptional potential this year with his consistency and game management for West Harbour and NSW Country Eagles.

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“The four will add to our depth and versatility, as well as create healthy competition among the group.”

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Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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