Rebels prop Cruze Ah-Nau has been rewarded for a breakout 2014 season and an outstanding pre-season in Melbourne with a new two-year contract.
Ah-Nau, who signed his last contract in May 2014, will remain at the Rebels until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Rebels’ head coach Tony McGahan said Ah-Nau was identified as a priority retention target on the back of his Super Rugby performances for the franchise in 2014, and his development during the National Rugby Championship (NRC) and the Rebels’ pre-season to date.
“Cruze’s introduction to Super Rugby last year, playing on either side of the front row, was a challenging experience however he handled the situation extremely well all things considered,” McGahan told the Melbourne Rebels’ official website.
“His continued development in training, and performance for the Melbourne Rising in the NRC, confirmed his rise in the squad and where he can end up going forward.”
“His attitude is unquestionable, and he has a huge appetite for work and determination to improve; he has been a stand out during our pre-season, and Cruze’s re-commitment is a wonderful result for our club.”
It’s a welcome boost heading into the club’s home pre-season trial game against the Highlanders in Melbourne on Thursday.
“Cruze is a terrific ambassador for the club, and for Victorian Rugby,” added McGahan.
“He has played in the Dewar Shield whenever he has been available, using the competition as a valuable developmental tool, and Cruze has also coached junior Rugby at Foostcray Rugby Club during his two years as a Rebel.”
For Ah-Nau, extending his stay with the Rebels was a no-brainer for he and fianc