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Confirmed: Waratahs pluck Maddocks from Rebels

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9th January, 2020
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Wallabies utility Jack Maddocks will play for NSW Waratahs in this Super Rugby season after securing a transfer from the Melbourne Rebels.

The NSW Waratahs have received a big boost ahead of the Super Rugby season, securing Wallabies utility Jack Maddocks in a transfer from the Melbourne Rebels.

The youngster, who played six Tests under Michael Cheika, looms as a possible fullback option to replace sacked star Israel Folau. 

Maddocks wanted to return to Sydney and the Rebels were hoping to get a player swap but that did not occur and it’s believed there was a financial agreement.

The Waratahs face sharing 22-year-old Maddocks with the Australian Sevens program, which he has been involved with in recent months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics campaign. 

“First and foremost, Jack is a wonderfully talented player,” said new Waratahs coach Rob Penney.

“When the opportunity arose to bring him back it was one I was really keen on for a number of reasons.

“Jack can play right across the backline, he’s got speed, skill and creativity with the ball in hand.

“Bringing him back gives us a range of options in the way we’d like to set up.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing him on the training pitch over the next few weeks as he starts to embed himself into the combinations we’ve established over pre-season.”

Maddocks was grateful for the move back to his home state.

“New South Wales is home for me, my family are here, it’s where I started playing rugby and it’s where I want to continue my career – being involved with both the Waratahs and Eastern Suburbs,” he said.

“From all reports it’s a great environment that Rob (Penney) and the staff have created over the pre-season and one I’m excited to be a part of.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the Waratahs and the Rebels for making this move possible.”

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