Dual sporting talent Jack Maddocks has opted to stick with rugby, signing with the Melbourne Rebels from 2017.
Maddocks, who played every minute of Australia's recent World U20s Championship campaign, was juggling the 15-man game with first grade cricket at Sydney University, before a standout Super U20s season put him squarely in the front of talent scouts' minds.
The teen has signed a two-year contract with the Melbourne club, capping off a meteoric rise since giving away rugby in his final year of school at Scots College.
Maddocks will join U20s teammates Sione Tuipulotu, Rob Leota, Harley Fox and Jordan Uelese at the Rebels next season
“It’s really exciting and humbling to be given this opportunity by the Rebels,” Maddocks said.
“Rugby has been a passion of mine growing up and now to be able to play with and against the top players in the world is a challenge I’m really looking forward to.
“The Rebels growing success on and off the field is something which attracted me to the club.
“I’ve made a lot of great friends throughout my time in the Australian U20’s team who are at the Rebels and they can’t speak highly enough of the club and strong culture, which made my decision a lot easier.”
Rebels operations manager Baden Stephenson said Maddocks would fit into the club easily.
"Jack is a naturally gifted sportsman and quality young man who has a number of attributes that will fit very well at our club," he said.
“The Rebels, under head coach Tony McGahan, have a track record of fast tracking the development of promising talent so we are thrilled that he’s opted to kick off his very promising rugby career with the Melbourne Rebels.”