Rebels sign former All Black Matt Proctor

Wed, Jun 28, 2023, 10:55 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Melbourne Rebels have continued to bolster their line-up with the signing of one-time All Blacks centre Matt Proctor.

Proctor has signed a two-year deal with the club, remaining in Melbourne until the end of 2025.

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The 30-year-old returns to Super Rugby after a four-year stint with English Premiership side Northampton.

Proctor started his career with the Hurricanes in 2013, helping them to the 2016 Super Rugby title.

He made his International debut against Japan in 2018, scoring during the 69-31 win.

“I’m looking forward to my return to Super Rugby,” said Proctor. 

“The project at Melbourne Rebels is a great fit for me and the city is somewhere my family will be very happy. 

“I’ve experienced a different style of footy over the past four seasons playing in the UK, which has been massive for my development as a player and a person, so I’ll be returning to Super Rugby a more experienced and well rounded player. 

“This is a new and exciting challenge for me and I can't wait to get started at the Rebels.”

Rebels coach Kevin Foote was equally as pleased to recruit a centre of his quality after the departure of Reece Hodge.

“We’re thrilled to sign someone of Matt’s calibre, both as a player and a person,” said Foote.

“Matt Proctor is someone who is team-first and hungry to achieve with the Rebels, and will bring invaluable top level experience having played on the Super Rugby, English Championship and Test stages. 

“We believe Matt’s style of play - his explosive ball carrying and resolute defensive prowess -  synergises perfectly with our game model - fast, fearless and resolute. 

“We’re excited to welcome Matt and his beautiful family to our Rebels family here in Melbourne and look forward to getting to work with him in preparation for season 2024.” 

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