The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed the release of former club captain Nic Stirzaker and club stalwart Jordy Reid to officially join new clubs in England.
Having led the Rebels for two seasons, Stirzaker joined English powerhouse, Saracens on a short-term injury cover contract in January.
After ongoing dialogue between the club and Stirzaker’s management, it has been agreed the scrum-half will remain in the United Kingdom after agreeing to a multi-year deal with recently promoted Bristol.
Stirzaker was one of the Rebels’ longest-serving players, signing with the club as a member of the Extended Training Squad back in 2012. He has gone to notch up 60 caps with the Rebels, and also steered the Melbourne Rising to the National Rugby Championship title as captain in 2014.
Reid joins Championship side, Ealing Trailfinders after 41 caps for the Melbourne Rebels since his debut in 2013.
The highly-popular backrower made just four appearances through the 2017 Super Rugby season, with injury curtailing opportunities for the start of the 2018 season.
Melbourne Rebels General Manager – Rugby, Nick Ryan said both formally depart with the club’s full support.
“I have known both Nic and Jordy for a very long time and have seen the growth in their game and their leadership qualities,” Ryan said
“This is a great opportunity for both players to continue their development at quality club environments and strong competitions and on behalf of the Melbourne Rebels, we wish them nothing but the best.
“Nic, Jordy and their families will always be most welcome in and around the Melbourne Rebels.”