Melbourne Rebels sign Jones and English until 2016

The Rebels have signed lock Luke Jones and utility back Tom English with deals that will see them playing Super Rugby for the Melbourne Club until the end of 2016.

Both just turning 23, the young Rebels pair have been in spectacular form this season, with the Rebels very eager to have them both commit long term.

Luke Jones, the former Australian Schoolboy Captain, has always been a player of enormous potential, being the youngest ever forward to be contracted at the Western Force four years ago. He then moved to Melbourne after receiving a telephone call from Rod Macqueen as a 19 year old.

Now, the foundation Rebel sits in the middle of a six-year term in Melbourne, and is considered one of the most industrious forwards in the Super Rugby competition.

“I love Melbourne, it is a city I can now call home. There is an abundance of things happening, such as events like the tennis, comedy festivals and Formula One to name a few,” said Jones.

“Staying a Rebel is very important to me. It means an opportunity to stay within a tight knit group of enthusiastic and aspirational young players.

“I believe we as a Club are moving in the right direction. This is evident through the amount of players who are also committing long term like Tom, Paul Alo-Emile and Higgers.

“To be coached by Matt Cockbain who is a very similar player to what I am, has given me the confidence to grow as a lock/back-rower. I still have a lot to learn and having Matt coach me has lifted my game, there is no doubt about it.

“It has been a huge week for me personally and to get the start against a franchise I grew up following is the perfect way to repay the faith Hilly and the coaching staff have shown in me this season.

“There is such a great buzz at the Club and in Melbourne about this match.”

Tom English is also one of the success stories at the Club for the 2013 season, getting his first start for the Rebels in Round 12 and never looking more at home in Super Rugby.

The former Waverly College student failed to get on the field for the majority of 2012, courtesy of an injury suffered playing for the Australian Sevens side, then joining the Rebels as part of the Extended Playing Squad (EPS).

Now English finds himself signing with the Club for a further a three-years.

The versatile English is still on a high after last weeks win, paying tribute to his teammates having a strong bearing behind him committing to the Rebels.

“It has been a turbulent path, and I owe a great deal of gratitude to those who recruited me, the coaches and to the high performance staff who have invested a lot of their time and expertise to get me to this point,” said English.

“It was awesome to win last week and to sign with the Rebels shortly after. To now face the Waratahs as a former New South Welshman really makes it feel like someone has written a script for this Friday night,” said English.

“We have had a rough trot, getting so close in so many matches and our character was questioned. But we stayed tight.

“We are working so hard at the moment, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t continue to have success in our next three local derbies for 2013 and against the British & Irish Lions.

“Everyone in this team has made a sacrifice along the way to be at this point. We are all committing to the long term future of this Club and the game of Rugby Union in Victoria.

“Right now, I’m more than happy to be seen as a utility; I’ll take any chance to get out there with the boys. In the future, I would like to move back to the midfield, but it is what is best for the team at present.

“I am very honoured to be signing at the same time as Jonesy, he has been in magical form this year and is a very popular member of the squad.

“I’m currently living with Nic Stirzaker and Gus Roberts, who I have played with prior to coming to Melbourne. It’s a really happy home at the m

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