Super Sefa re-commits to Rebels until 2019

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by Matt Lewis

Melbourne Rebels flyer Sefanaia Naivalu has penned a new deal with the club until the end of 2019.  

Naivalu has returned from a broken leg this season to become one of the most exciting finishers in the Rebels attack, with two tries from his six matches this year.

Head coach Tony McGahan said it was a major coup to have the speester re-commit.

“Sefa has an exciting Rugby future ahead of him and is a critical part of the Rebels plans moving forward,” McGahan said.

“His electrifying pace and physical presence, synonymous with Fijian Rugby, has quickly made him a Melbourne Rebels fan favourite.”

Sefanaia Naivalu has recovered from a broken leg to play six matches this season, Photo: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

The Fijian speedster will likely team up with Melbourne Storm convert Marika Koroibete in season to come, in what looms as an intimidating prospect for the Rebels’ competition.

Naivalu said he was thrilled to stay with the club for another three seasons, a move that will also make him eligible to play for the Wallabies down the track.

“It’s a great honour to re-sign with the Rebels, the club has a good atmosphere, good staff and a good group of blokes so it’s exciting to play for the Rebels for the next few seasons,” Naivalu said.

“I want to keep improving in every game so working with Tony McGahan and Baden Stephenson are really helping me out with this opportunity, they know that I’m capable of playing good footy and I want to take it to another level for Australia.

“I’ve lived here for almost three years so I now call Melbourne home.”