Fainga’a extends Rebels stay

Flanker Colby Fainga’a has extended his contract with the Rebels for another two years ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby competition.

Fainga’a, preparing for Saturday night’s season opener against the Western Force at nib Stadium in Perth, put pen to paper this week to remain at the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2018.

“We’re very pleased to have locked in Colby through until 2018, it’s a huge coup and great way to kick off the Super Rugby season this week,” Rebels General Manager, Rugby Operations Baden Stephenson told the Melbourne Rebels website.

“Colby has been an integral member of this club since joining the Rebels and continues to develop himself as a consistent player and leader on and off the field.”

Melbourne beat Australian Super Rugby rivals to the prize signature of Fainga’a to ensure the former Australian U20’s captain and Rebels’ 2014 Player of the Year extend his stay in the Victorian capital for at least five years.

After making his Super Rugby debut with the Brumbies, the 24-year-old backrower joined the Rebels in 2014 and has already amassed 65 appearances to his name – missing just one game in two years since joining Melbourne.

“It was an easy decision for me to extend my time with the Rebels for another two years, I’m settled in Melbourne and enjoying my time here,” said Fainga’a.

“The club is full of quality players, there’s so much competition for positions in the Rebels backrow which is really pushing all of us to become better and driving me to constantly lift my game.”