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By Rebels Media Unit
The RaboDirect Rebels have bolstered their 2014 Super Rugby Squad with the signing of Melbourne born and Leinster Hooker Tom Sexton.
Sexton has played the majority of his Rugby in Ireland with Leinster where he featured through the club successes in the 2012-13 season.
The former Irish Schoolboy Captain was looking forward to coming home to Melbourne and the challenge of Super Rugby.
"I am really looking forward to it, I am obviously a little bit nervous about moving to the other side of the world again, but it is definitely very exciting," Sexton said.
"I was definitely flattered to have a team from Super Rugby interested in me but I was also mindful of how much credit I owe to Leinster and Irish rugby for where I am today, it was a tough decision to leave, but I am thrilled to return home to Melbourne and play for the Rebels.
"Having been born in Melbourne, I then left Australia at four years of age. I have been fortunate to receive a great Irish education. My rugby career also benefited greatly from exposure at club, school, academy and professional level in Ireland. But in many ways I am returning home.
"I have kept a close eye on Super Rugby, particularly in Melbourne with the Rebels because it was where I was born. With the likes of Wallabies James O'Connor, Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps now playing for the Rebels, I can't wait to be part of it!"
When asked of his fondest memories of Melbourne, his answers were consistent with what makes this city one of the most liveable in the world.
"I remember the trams, the great people, the summers and cricket at the MCG! I can't wait to get back and visit the Vic market on a Sunday and head down the coast to Portsea to visit friends and relatives."
Tom will arrive at the club at the completion of the 2013 season.
The Western Force return to NIB Stadium for the second time this season and the Honey Badger wants sea of blue fans to “get your carcass on the chair”! In 2014 the Force had a slow start to the season, before finishing off strongly, and they will be hoping for a repeat after winning just one of their opening four matches this season!
The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!