Rebels add Waratahs duo for 2019

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by Beth Newman

The Melbourne Rebels have signed Waratahs duo Brad Wilkin and Hugh Roach for 2019 and beyond.

Both came off contract in NSW this season and were hunting for new Super Rugby homes after mixed Sydney fortunes.

Wilkin made his Super Rugby debut in 2018 after two consecutive knee reconstructions before playing most of the back end of the season with Sydney Uni on their way to a Shute Shield title.

The 22-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne franchise, taking him through to 2020.

“I was stoked to make my Super Rugby debut this year and to win the Shute Shield with Sydney University," he said.

"I want to continue to improve and have huge aspirations of what I want to achieve in rugby and I have heard great things about the program in Melbourne that makes me want to be a part of it.” 

“I’ve had a frustrating couple of years with injury, but I’ve got my body right and I really want to repay the faith the Rebels have put in me with my performances on the park for them over the next two years.”

Roach had fallen down the Waratahs' rake pecking orders after 41 Super Rugby games and his competition won't be any easier in Melbourne with Anaru Rangi and Jordan Uelese to contend with.

The 26-year-old said he was ready to embrace that challenge.

“I’m wrapt to be able to call Melbourne home next year. The Rebels are definitely a Club on the rise and I want to add real value to the squad,” he said.

“I feel like this new challenge is the right move for my career and it will be a great test to join the young and abrasive pack the Rebels are building.

"I really want to cement my spot as a permanent member of the 23 and I really can’t wait to get started.”