Uelese in for the long haul

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by Beth Newman

Jordan Uelese has capped off a superb debut Super Rugby season, committing to the Rebels and Wallabies until 2020.

Uelese, who made his debut against South Africa in Perth after just 28 minutes of Super Rugby experience, has gone from strength to strength this season, earmarked as the next in line when it comes to Australian hookers.

A standout for the Australia U20s in Georgia this year, Uelese made his stamp on international rugby unexpectedly quickly, with his call-up for the Perth Test followed by a try against Argentina in Canberra.

The Victorian-born rake's future is now secured until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, a boon for the Wallabies.

Uelese is  the latest in a swathe of players to be committed to the Rebels for 2018 and beyond, with a host of new faces already signing with the club, including a number of former Force players.

The hooker said the Japan tournament was his ultimate goal. 

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to continue my Super Rugby career in my home town with the Rebels," he said. 

“It’s the dream of every player in Australia to represent the Wallabies at a Rugby World Cup but I understand that I’ve still got plenty of hard work ahead of me to improve all areas of my game to give myself the best chance.

“I feel like my best development will come at the Rebels in the world-class rugby environment so I look forward to playing my part in contributing to the club on and off the field for the years to come.”

The 20-year-old is currently on Spring Tour with the Wallabies.