SA schools star signs for Rebels
The Melbourne Rebels have signed a young former SA Schools star to represent them in next year’s Super 15 competition.
The Rebels announced the signing of 19-year old JP du Plessis from the NRL team, Sydney Roosters as part of a trio of young talent announced on Tuesday, Australian Associated Press reported.
The other players are 21-year old Wallaby Sevens star Nicholas Phipps and 22-year old Hugh Pyle from the Brumbies Academy.
Du Plessis was snatched away from South Africa after making the SA Schools team, choosing to switch codes after being scouted by the Roosters while at school.
However, the talented youngster now wants to move back to Rugby Union.
"I miss rugby union, I've played it all my life and looking forward to playing it again. I've really enjoyed my experience with rugby league, but can't wait to play Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels,” Du Plessis said.
Rebels assistant coach Damien Hill said Du Plessis would be a welcome addition.
"Just 19 years of age, JP has excellent foot work and acceleration," Hill said.
"He's a balanced runner who plays inside and outside centre and wing."