Rebels steal promising young NSW talent

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    NSW Waratahs centre David Horwitz has signed with Melbourne, becoming the first player from another Australian Super Rugby club to commit to the Rebels or Western Force since the announcement one of those sides will be cut from the 2018 competition.

    The Rebels on Tuesday confirmed the signing of Horwitz on a one-year deal and say there’s more to come, despite the Australian Rugby Union still to declare which side faces the axe.

    The 22-year-old saw the writing on the wall at NSW with the return of Wallabies centre Kurtley Beale, while the Rebels are losing backs Mitch Inman to French club Oyonnax and Jack Debreczeni to Japan.

    Ahead of Friday’s final match of a disappointing season, against the Jaguares at AAMI Park, Melbourne are continuing to focus on the future.

    “David’s signature is a coup for the Melbourne Rebels and clear indication that this club is building a competitive squad to challenge for the Australian Conference and Super Rugby finals,” Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson said.

    “David will complement our backline nicely which will boast three current Wallaby squad members and five current Australian U20’s representatives in 2018.

    “David will add versatility, strong competition and experience so we’re pleased that he will continue his promising career with the Rebels and contribute to the club.”

    Horwitz broke the Rebels’ hearts with a game-winning try in the dying seconds at AAMI Park earlier this season.

    He has played the last 10 match at inside centre, appearing in all but one of their 14 matches this season and has been one of the Waratahs’ most consistent performers.

    Horwitz’s signing follows that of Rebels skipper Nic Stirzaker, hooker James Hanson, lock Steven Cummins and prop Fereti Sa’aga last week.

    The clash with the Argentinian Jaguares, who upset the Waratahs last round, will be the last under departing coach Tony McGahan, with the club yet to name a replacement.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • July 11th 2017 @ 6:17pm
      Lube Goat said | July 11th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

      Losing Horwitz is no great loss. He looks to be no better than an average first grader.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:53am
        Marto said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report

        Like Foley Phipps and Hanigan ..

      • July 12th 2017 @ 7:34pm
        Jock Cornet said | July 12th 2017 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

        Agree he is not a first grader

    • Roar Rookie

      July 11th 2017 @ 8:32pm
      Alex James said | July 11th 2017 @ 8:32pm | ! Report

      Did they steal him? Or did he just opt for a different set up? And is he promising talent if Beale will walk straight in?

    • July 12th 2017 @ 8:20am
      jameswm said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      Beale v Horwitz.

      No offence Dave, but not a tough choice.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 12th 2017 @ 8:41am
      Paul D said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:41am | ! Report

      It’s a good move for him (assuming the Rebels exist next year). Too many playmakers in the Waratahs squad when other teams are fielding imports. I’m assuming he’s heading there as a 10.

      He’s easily as good as Volavola or JGB.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:03am
      AndyS said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      Hmmm, thought the Force would be actually gone before the drums started for the Rebels, but there you go…

      • Roar Rookie

        July 12th 2017 @ 10:58am
        piru said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

        The end game I think if for Aussie to field only one team (the Waratahs of course).

        They’ll be both representative of Sydney and Australia, as they’ll just change their blue jerseys for gold ones come the test season.

        • Roar Guru

          July 12th 2017 @ 5:31pm
          Timbo (L) said | July 12th 2017 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

          The Puma’s call themselves the Jaguars in SR,

          When they are the only team left, perhaps Sydney should be called the petals – they look great and smell nice but wilt in the heat and turn to compost.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:37am
      rugby tragic said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      Good luck to him.

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