Lopeti Timani


The 2015 season proved a breakout campaign for second-year Rebel Lopeti Timani as he adjusted to a new position at lock and won plenty of admirers in the process. Timani, the younger brother of Wallaby second-rower Sitaleki, joined the Rebels in 2014 following two seasons and 19 Super Rugby appearances with the Waratahs. Injuries curtailed his maiden campaign in Melbourne, limiting him to just two appearances, however he started all but one match in 2015, scoring four tries in the process. His big year came off the back of an outstanding campaign for the Melbourne Rising in their run to the 2014 National Rugby Championship minor premiership, where he excelled at No. 8 and scored six tries in his nine starts. One of the biggest hitters in the Rebels squad, 'LT' originally moved to Australia from Tonga to play rugby league, completing two seasons of Toyota Cup with the Canterbury Bulldogs before moving to the Waratahs.