Australian 7s talent Boyd Killingworth has today been unveiled as the latest signing for the Melbourne Rebels.
Fresh from guiding the Warringah Rats to a Shute Shield grand final appearance, Killingworth will link up with the Rebels immediately on a deal that will see him in Melbourne for the next Super Rugby season.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Australian 7s program and am indebted to the coaching staff there for backing me in and giving me the incredible opportunity to play rugby all around the world, but I’ve always had a burning desire to play Super Rugby,” said Killingworth.
The dynamic open side flanker has represented the Australian 7s intermittently since 2015, highlighted by winning the Sydney 7s in 2018, an appearance at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and had an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
However, the allure of the fifteen-man game proved too strong for the twenty-seven-year-old flanker.
“It’s not just getting back to fifteens, I’m super excited to be joining a Rebels squad with so much talent. I’ve always thought the Rebels are a Club with huge potential and I want to play whatever role I can in making that a reality.
“The competition for backrow spots will be immense, but it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to and I know that’s the kind of environment that will get the best out of me.”
Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby and Pathways, Nick Ryan, was excited to add Killingworth to the Rebels roster.
“From his time in the 7s program, we know that Boyd has a great physical capacity but it was his competitiveness that caught our eye.
“Although he will be coming into a Super Rugby environment as an uncapped rookie, he has been a professional player for around five years, so he really leads the way in terms of his professionalism and work ethic.”
Adding depth to a backrow that already boasts Wallabies Isi Naisarani and Luke Jones, along with the promising youth of Brad Wilkin, Richard Hardwick and Rob Leota, Ryan sees Killingworth as the perfect ingredient to an ambitious forward pack.
“We expect Boyd will add some fierce competition into our squad when it comes to battling for positions in the backrow. We’re really excited to see Boyd in Melbourne and fighting for a Rebels jersey,” concluded Ryan.