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‘I have high hopes’: Sevens star Darby Lancaster signs with Rebels

By AAP
(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Rebels have pulled off a coup by luring young Sevens ace Darby Lancaster to Melbourne on a two-year Super Rugby Pacific deal.

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Australian clubs as well as NRL sides have been clamouring to sign the 20-year-old winger, who was one of the breakout stars of this year’s World Series Sevens.

From Kempsey on the NSW north coast, Lancaster scored 20 tries in 34 matches to also catch the eye of Junior Wallabies selectors.

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He was named in the Australian U20s squad who will play two matches against New Zealand in Wellington next week before their world titles starting next month in South Africa.

Lancaster had been working with the NSW Waratahs Academy when he was surprised by the opportunity to join the Sevens program, making his debut last year.

The Australian men qualified last weekend for the Sevens competition at next year’s Olympics in Paris, which Lancaster could still be a part of following the Super season.

The Rebels said they would be “encouraging” him to play in the Olympics, with their coach Kevin Foote a former South Africa Sevens representative.

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Lancaster follows former Sevens representatives Lachie Anderson and Joe Pincus to Melbourne, with both making an impact in Super rugby this season.

“The Rebels play an exciting and expansive style of rugby which will suit me as an outside back,” Lancaster said in a statement.

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“Obviously seeing the success of Joe Pincus and Lachie Anderson as former Sevens players, I can take great confidence in the Rebels ability to help me transition successfully back into XV’s.

“Both players are role models of mine and I hope to follow in their footsteps.

“I have loved watching them play this year and look forward to hopefully playing alongside them next year on AAMI Park.

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“I have high hopes for next year to be successful alongside a handful of new signings complimenting a strong core group of players there.”

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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