Siliva to swap Brumbies for Rebels

Date published: November 26 2014

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The Melbourne Rebels have announced the signing of former Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The Melbourne Rebels have announced the signing of former Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The Melbourne-born youngster will honour his contract with the Brumbies for the 2015 Super Rugby season, having made fourteen Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies in his three seasons in Canberra thus far, before joining the Rebels.

His time away from Melbourne has seen Siliva learning from the likes of former Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher, regarded as one of the best set piece coaches in the world, and Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore.

Rebels general manager of rugby operations, Baden Stephenson highlighted the importance of ensuring the franchise’s rugby program looks beyond 2015, as well as bringing Victorian talent home to play for their state.

“Siliva is an elite player who brings experience, size and skill in a key position that will add value to our program,” Stephenson told the Melbourne Rebels’ official website.

“We firmly believe Siliva’s best football is ahead of him, and he is passionate about playing for his home state; most importantly, Siliva understands the direction of the Rebels.

“To secure such an integral part of our planning for 2016 and beyond this far in advance is exciting and reflective of the hard work we are putting into our future planning regarding recruitment and retention.”

Siliva said he was excited to return home and play for the Rebels.

“I was born and raised in Melbourne, and it’s where I learnt and played all my footy, so to return with the Rebels is something I hold pretty close to my heart,” he said.

“To be closer to my family, after being away for a while, is definitely exciting.

“I really lit up when I signed the contract with the Rebels to come back home.

“Watching the development of the Rebels since the Club started has been impressive, and I can’t wait to give what I have got to the program and play good football for my new team in my home town.”

A former Australian Schoolboys (2008) and Australia U20 (2011) representative, Siliva also spent the 2010 season at the Western Force.

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