Rebels lure NSW schoolboys star south

Super Rugby
Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

New South Wales and Australian schoolboys star Jack McGregor has signed with the Melbourne Rebels.

The 2015 Australian Schoolboys captain adds depth in Melbourne's playmaking stocks and is a major coup for the side, having lured the New South Wales born and bred flyhalf south.

The teen will add to the Rebels' young leaders, having captained the new South Wales and Australian schoolboys sides and winning best player of the national schools final last season.

Rebels rugby operations manager Baden Stephenson said the club was excited to bring the youngster on board.

“We’re thrilled that Jack will be joining the Melbourne Rebels,”he said.

“Jack is a quality player with a huge future in front of him and his skill set, hungry attitude and maturity will be well suited to our club.”

Jack McGregor (right) will start his Super Rugby career in Melbourne. Photo: Getty ImagesMcGregor said the culture that the Rebels sold him was a major factor in making the move away from his native state.

“I’m very excited to sign my first contract, it’s been a long time dream for me since I was a kid so to sign with the Melbourne Rebels is very exciting for me and my family,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed my time in Sydney but there was an opportunity to sign with the Rebels and the feeling I get down here around the culture that’s been built is pretty exciting and a major factor behind the move.”

“I get a good feeling chatting with Tony (McGahan) and the coaches and about their expectations so I’m looking forward to next year.”

The 19-year-old will not feature in this year's U20s squad, having been injured in the state trials, but showed promise in a standout season for the schoolboys.