Last weekend, RaboDirect Rebels Cooper Vuna and Ged Robinson lined up for Endeavour Hills and Harlequin rugby clubs in a rare treat for the local competition.
Vuna’s appearance was the first time a current Wallaby has lined up in the Victorian competition and Vuna did not disappoint, scoring an individual try from the halfway line in the 29-22 loss to the Rams.
Former Junior All Black Ged Robinson also played the second half for Harlequin’s against Box Hill, with the ‘Quins’ winning 26-11.
Josh Philpot, the Rebels' General Manager of Rugby Operations, says that the participation of Rebels’ players is a big boost for rugby in Victoria.
''Who would have thought that the young men of Endeavour Hills, many of whom are this state's most talented players, would be able to not only rub shoulders with, but play alongside, a Rebel and Wallaby in Cooper Vuna?'' he said.
''It is also an opportunity that Australian rugby should be proud of, it's one of the reasons the Rebels came into existence,'' Philpot said.
In exciting news for rugby fans throughout Victoria, Philpot has hinted that we could see more Rebels in the local competition next year.
Quotes courtesy of Michael Lynch, The Age