The Melbourne Rebels have signed Australia Sevens star Pama Fou for the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The New-Zealand born speedster will join the Rebels in August on a one-year contract after he was granted dispensation by the club this year to pursue his dream of competing in the Olympics with the Australian Sevens team.
Fou is returning from injury after a freak accident at home saw his Olympic dream dashed when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Operations Baden Stephenson lauded the player’s physicality and skill when the signing of Fou was announced.
“The prolific try scorer’s height and athleticism will provide unique aerial skills which will not only compliment our outside backs but also be a point of difference,” Stephenson told the Rebels website.
Fou is Australia Sevens’ third highest try scorer with 80 tries and 410 points in 121 games since his debut.
Fou said he was disappointed he could not go to Olympics but is eager to start training with the Rebels for next season.
“I’m really grateful the Rebels gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of making the Olympics squad,” Fou said.
“I’ve come to terms with the disappointment of missing out on Rio and I’m now completely focused on getting down to Melbourne, returning to full fitness and repaying the Rebels faith in next year’s Super Rugby season.