Posted @ 1/29/2015 By ARU Media UnitPosted in [ ARU Media ] | 0 Comments
Melbourne Rebels backrower Sean McMahon and NSW Waratahs winger Rob Horne have signed new two-year contract extensions with Australian Rugby through until the end of 2017.
The new deals mean both players will remain in Australia Rugby for the next three seasons, a major boost for the Rebels and Waratahs ahead of the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season kicking off on February 13.
20-year-old McMahon experienced a breakthrough 2014 campaign and was recognised at the John Eales Medal awards evening when he walked away with three pieces of silverware. This included Australian Under 20s Player of the Year; the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Player of the Series; and the Super Rugby Rookie of the Year.
His efforts earned him a place on the end-of-season Spring Tour, and following a strong individual performance in the team’s opening and uncapped clash against the Barbarians, made his Test debut for Australia the following week against Wales in Cardiff.
To add to his impressive 2014 season, McMahon also joined the Australian Rugby Sevens side and helped them win a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Horne, 25, has chosen to continue his notable career in Australia and with the Waratahs, a province he initially debuted for at just 18 years of age in his first year out of school.
His re-signing comes following a memorable 2014 season where he played a major role in the Waratahs’ historic maiden Super Rugby title, while he also earned 10 Test caps for Australia, taking his career tally to 25.
Having initially debuted for the Qantas Wallabies in 2010, the versatile Horne will bring plenty of experience to what is an important year for Australian Rugby, having already featured in a Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 and also in the 2013 British & Irish Lions Series in Australia.
Province: Melbourne Rebels
Test Caps: 3
Test Debut: 2014 v Wales, Cardiff
Province: NSW Waratahs
Test Caps: 25
Test Points: 20
Test Debut: 2010 v Fiji, Canberra
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