Rebels excited by Koroibete

Date published: January 9 2017

New recruit Marika Koroibete has shown enough already in pre-season to get Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan excited.

The rugby league convert went on tour with the Wallabies at the end of last year, playing in the mid-week friendly against the French Barbarians in Bordeaux.

Korobiete’s transition between the two codes is now continuing ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season after a successful career in league with another Melbourne team, the Storm.

Overall the wing finished with 46 tries in 74 NRL games, and that record has McGahan feeling optimistic about the Rebels attacking shape moving forward.

“We’re really excited about him (Koroibete) and I suppose for the Rebels as we’ve got some real X-factor there now,” McGahan toldĀ AAP.

“We can really expand our game and I think Marika brings that finishing capability and that’s something we’ve lacked the last few years.

“Super Rugby demands that you can score early in the phase count and Marika will give us that ability. He reads defence really well, carries well and has got that one on one ability to beat a man.

“He’s been a fabulous league player for a while and he’s got a strong rugby background.

“We’ve just got to make sure we translate those environments he has been in and make sure he understands a lot of those are transferable to the rugby field.”

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