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Foundation Rebel Laurie Weeks is the most-capped current player for the Club. At the beginning of the 2015 season Laurie had made 53 appearances for the Rebels since joining from the Queensland Reds ahead of the competition’s inaugural season in 2011.
2014 saw Laurie realise his potential and make his Wallaby debut in front of his adoring Melbourne fans, as Australia hosted France at Etihad Stadium. Long earmarked for international honours, consistency and injury had ruined Laurie's hopes in previous years, however alongside fellow front-rowers Cruze Ah-Nau, Paul Alo-Emile, Max Lahiff and Toby Smith, 'Weeksy' helped lead the front row to vastly improved collective performances around the paddock and at set piece time.
'The People's Champ', a name that was either given to him or coined by the man himself (yet to be confirmed), won the Super Rugby Rookie of the Year award whilst at the Reds in 2009. One of the most outgoing and personable members of the squad, Laurie has a similarly effervescent presence on the pitch. Technically solid and a powerful scrummager, he is also extremely mobile, having an uncanny knack to always pop up in the right place at the right time.
Only concussion protocols prevented him from playing every game in 2014 and after being listed as a member of the Rebels' leadership group again in 2015, nothing will stop him from the same or better this season.
Laurie is studying a Bachelor of Education; his mother and younger sister are both Primary School teachers and Laurie would like to one day emulate that.