The Melbourne Rebels have added significant firepower to their backline with the signing of Sevens star Darby Lancaster.
Lancaster signs a two-year deal after a breakout season on the World Series, scoring 20 tries in 34 matches.
“The Rebels seem to run a great program in a phenomenal city, which loves its sport,” said Lancaster in a statement.
“The Rebels play an exciting and expansive style of rugby which will suit me as an outside back.”
“Obviously seeing the success of Joe Pincus and Lachie Anderson as former Sevens’ players, I can take great confidence in the Rebels ability to help me transition successfully back into XV’s.
“Both players are role models of mine and I hope to follow in their footsteps. I have loved watching them play this year and look forward to hopefully playing alongside them next year on AAMI Park.
“I have high hopes for next year to be successful alongside a handful of new signings complimenting a strong core group of players there.”
The 20-year-old is currently with the Junior Wallabies, named as part of Nathan Grey's squad to face New Zealand in a two-Test series next week alongside new teammates Daniel Maiava, Leafi Talataina, Mason Gordon and David Vaihu
The Rebels have had major success recruiting from the Sevens program, recently re-signing Lachie Anderson and Joe Pincus.
“This is a great signing for the Melbourne Rebels, especially after such a strong season with the Australian Sevens,” added GM of Rugby Nick Stiles.
“Darby is a team-first, high-character guy, who’s elite speed and finishing abilities will compliment our fast, fearless and resolute playing style moving forward.”
“At just 20-years-old, Darby’s signing will further bolster our young and emerging talent depth, and signifies the strong future of our Club as we look to achieve sustained success throughout this Golden Decade of rugby in Australia.”