Melbourne Rebels nab Wallabies prop from the Western Force

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    The Western Force’s Wallabies prop Tetera Faulkner will return home to Melbourne after signing a two-year Super Rugby deal with the Rebels.


    The 29-year-old, who grew up in Melbourne, has linked with the Victorian side after seven years and 70 Super Rugby appearances with the Force.

    Faulkner’s signing follows that of Japan international back-rower Amanaki Mafi, while the signing of Wallabies halfback Will Genia is imminent.

    “Tetera is a quality player and person who will bring experience, consistency and strong values to the Rebels,” said Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson.

    A former Australian Schoolboys representative, Faulkner got his Super Rugby break with the Force in 2011.

    After earning two Test caps in 2014, he has worked his way back into the Wallabies’ squad for this month’s Bledisloe Cup.

    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue my rugby career back in Melbourne, a city that I hold dear to me,” Faulkner said.

    “After getting my first big break with the Schoolboys in Melbourne, it feels like I’ve come a full circle.”

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    • August 10th 2017 @ 11:40am
      Nicolai said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:40am | ! Report


      And now we wait for the abuse and anger because of his personal decision!!!!

      • Roar Rookie

        August 10th 2017 @ 12:19pm
        piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

        seems you might be waiting a while mate

        • August 10th 2017 @ 12:25pm
          Nicolai said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

          Piru — I HOPE I wait forever!!!!!

          • Roar Rookie

            August 10th 2017 @ 12:32pm
            piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

            I doubt there’s many Force fans who’d wish Tet anything but good fortune

            • August 10th 2017 @ 12:35pm
              Nicolai said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

              that good to hear!!!

              With all this rubbish created by the ARU the brain of some people goes into neutral and emotions takes over — and then they say/attack people without thinking!!!!!!!!

              In the end we are ALL RUGBY LOVERS that loves our teams and the players 1st priority is his family

            • August 10th 2017 @ 12:39pm
              Hannes said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

              Thank you Tet for your contribution at the Force over many difficult year. You were always a great person to talk to at fan days. All the best in Melbourne.

              I think the prop position is well covered with two young props in Ainslee and the Vui that needs more game time, it is a good move for Tet.

        • August 10th 2017 @ 11:08pm
          Realist said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:08pm | ! Report

          I’ve heard the Rebels are close to signing up TPN, Coleman, RHP, Ruru, Chance Penny and DHP

          Do you think both Wessells and Hodgson will have to stay in Subiaco after it hits the iceberg?

          RIP Fore (2006-2017)

          • August 10th 2017 @ 11:33pm
            RahRah said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

            Not yet mate!

          • August 11th 2017 @ 9:01am
            jameswm said | August 11th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

            If the Force get cut, the Tahs should throw the kitchen sink at Coleman.

      • August 10th 2017 @ 5:58pm
        RahRah said | August 10th 2017 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

        If I was going to be vindictive, it’s Pulver and Clyne along with the rest of the ARU board that I would wish really nasty things to happen to like – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis would be a good start.

        • August 11th 2017 @ 1:33pm
          Hannes said | August 11th 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

          IMO they will not be around for long regardless of the outcome.

      • August 10th 2017 @ 9:21pm
        Todd Shand said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

        Excellently said. How it passed the censors I’ll never know.

      • August 11th 2017 @ 1:10pm
        woodart said | August 11th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        from an outsiders viewpoint ,these rebel signings seem to be a publicity stunt to try and put pressure on .for a professional athlete to sign for a team facing a very uncertain future(any team ,not just rebels), makes me wonder how good an agent they have, and what getout clauses they have.

    • Roar Pro

      August 10th 2017 @ 11:43am
      Crazy Horse said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

      Melbourne boy gets break in super rugby thanks to the Force then goes home. Completely understandable. Hopefully he gets to play against the Force.

      • August 10th 2017 @ 5:16pm
        Nicolai said | August 10th 2017 @ 5:16pm | ! Report

        Crazy Horse — AGREE!!!
        Will be good if teams play each other again next year!!!

    • August 10th 2017 @ 11:46am
      Billary Swamper said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:46am | ! Report

      So, the Rebels are staying it seems. Genia, now this bloke. Writing is on the wall for either Force or Brumbies.

      • Roar Rookie

        August 10th 2017 @ 11:54am
        piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

        Wouldn’t draw too much from the signings, both Force and Rebels have been busily signing for next year.

        The contracts no doubt have a clause regarding this

      • August 10th 2017 @ 12:46pm
        Hannes said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

        The Rebels needs to explain how the VRU will cover their operating losses as the private owners were prepared to do so. They need a business and funding model that secure their future that include major sponsorships, as they would not want the ARU to bail them out again. The ARU leadership will surely not make the same mistake twice.

        • August 10th 2017 @ 5:52pm
          RahRah said | August 10th 2017 @ 5:52pm | ! Report


          • August 11th 2017 @ 1:34pm
            Hannes said | August 11th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

            Maybe they just need to avoid the axe and the ARU will pick up the tab…

      • August 10th 2017 @ 1:40pm
        republican said | August 10th 2017 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

        …….it will be the Brumbies, to be sure.
        This was always my sentiment & as sheek recently stated, they will be the fall guys, since the ACT assumes none of the commercial clout that WA & Vic do sadly.
        Giving this a positive spin, it may well be the catalyst for a deserving focus from the AFL because this code should be represented here at the highest tier, moreso than any other and Union will all but wither on the vine once the Brumbies are reinvented, compromised, placated et el………..

        • August 10th 2017 @ 3:57pm
          nmpcart said | August 10th 2017 @ 3:57pm | ! Report

          AFL tend to be very pragmatic with their teams – look at Tasmania – they just arrange to have Victorian teams play down there but won’t set up a pro team based there because the lack of $. Same with Canberra – they will continue to have GWS play matches there but can’t see them basing an actual team there. Rugby could do the same thing – have a team play a certain number of matches there to tap into the local support – this could be replicated in quite a few locations with other teams – Force play in Adelaide at times say, Rebels play in Hobart etc, but we lack the number of home games to make it viable probably..

          • Roar Rookie

            August 10th 2017 @ 4:30pm
            piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

            If I were a Brumbies fan I’d consider that a slap in the face though

            • Roar Pro

              August 11th 2017 @ 1:06am
              Crazy Horse said | August 11th 2017 @ 1:06am | ! Report

              The whole fiasco is a slap in the face, well maybe more a knife in the back, to Australian rugby by the EARU.

          • August 10th 2017 @ 5:15pm
            Hannes said | August 10th 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

            IMO grassroots rugby grow so much quicker if young players can see top rugby played. A fan based franchise like the Force needs to have a wide fan base and if playing in regional Adelaide can help , why not? I remember the few games that the Bulls played in Soweto that connected them to a new non-traditional fan base. It could work.

            • August 10th 2017 @ 11:55pm
              dontcallmeshirley said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:55pm | ! Report

              regional Adelaide??

              • August 11th 2017 @ 12:25am
                Hannes said | August 11th 2017 @ 12:25am | ! Report

                Oops retract that bit…

            • Roar Pro

              August 11th 2017 @ 1:08am
              Crazy Horse said | August 11th 2017 @ 1:08am | ! Report

              Soweto is a lot closer to Pretoria than Adelaide is to Perth.

              • August 11th 2017 @ 5:06am
                Hannes said | August 11th 2017 @ 5:06am | ! Report

                Only about 80 km in distance but also worlds apart in another sense.
                Not many Perth based Force fans will travel that far. But is there an opportunity to connect to a broader fan base, a pathway and counter the isolation and anti-WA mindset? Maybe? It is worth exploring.

          • August 11th 2017 @ 12:57pm
            Falco said | August 11th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

            That would work nmpcart, a few years ago a trial game between the Waratahs and the Rebels drew 9,000 fans to North Hobart oval. A Super rugby game would fill Blundstone arena every time.
            How does that NOT make sense?

        • August 10th 2017 @ 5:04pm
          Markus said | August 10th 2017 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

          Commercial clout counts for nothing when a team is posting multi-million dollar losses each year.

          What good is a larger pie when rugby will continue to only ever make up the crumbs?

          • August 10th 2017 @ 5:18pm
            Hannes said | August 10th 2017 @ 5:18pm | ! Report

            If the Rebels can get the financial backing from a sponsor that is able and prepared to absorb this multi-million dollar losses then they have a future. The VRU owned business model give no confidence that the ARU will not be required to bail them out soon. Maybe a “Own the Rebels” campaign may work.

        • August 10th 2017 @ 8:13pm
          ScottD said | August 10th 2017 @ 8:13pm | ! Report

          Melbourne doesn’t have commercial clout

          • August 11th 2017 @ 12:26am
            Hannes said | August 11th 2017 @ 12:26am | ! Report

            May be on a commercial cloud?

          • August 11th 2017 @ 11:12am
            Markus said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:12am | ! Report

            The city of Melbourne definitely has commercial clout, the issue is thinking that rugby has any stake in it.
            The Melbourne Storm struggle enough with it, the Rebels have failed utterly.

    • August 10th 2017 @ 11:53am
      Mr Tommo said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

      Great servant to the Force, and an excellent Prop. dissapointed for him to leave, but understandable decision. Rebs got a great replacement for Smith, and the Force can continue to develop Ainsley, and Shambeckler Vui, everyone wins haha

    • Roar Rookie

      August 10th 2017 @ 11:55am
      piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

      Good luck to him, Force front row was starting to look a bit crowded so understandable, he’ll be a certainty to start in Melbourne

    • August 10th 2017 @ 12:56pm
      Perthstayer said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      No issue with Tet leaving, been a solid Force man. Just a shame for him that “going home” means Melbourne 🙂

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