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The RaboDirect Rebels and Australian Rugby Union have released Rebels prop Paul Alo-Emile to play in the ITM Cup.
Alo-Emile will play for Waikato, and is likely to partner 2014 Rebels signing Toby Smith in the front row.
The 22 year old recently re-committed to the Rebels until the end of 2015, starting in three matches this season, with a total of 19 Super Rugby Caps to his name.
"This is my third season in a professional Rugby environment," said Alo-Emile. "I would now like to challenge myself and be ready to be a consistent Super Rugby starter for the Rebels in the 2014 season.
"I have enjoyed my matches here in Melbourne's Dewar Shield and the competition is really growing. I am very grateful that the Rebels have given me this opportunity to play at an established and proud ITM Club like Waikato."
Alo-Emile joined the New Zealand provincial competition this month, returning for the commencement of the Rebels 2014 pre-season in October.
Western Force hooker Heath Tessman has re-signed with the club for the 2016 season.
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