Melbourne Rebels have confirmed that hooker Anaru Rangi has penned a new deal that will keep him with the Super Rugby club at least at the end of the 2021 season.
Rangi started his career with Perth Spirit with his Super Rugby debut for Force coming in 2016 before making a switch to Rebels in 2018. He has been a pivotal member for the Rebels this season playing in 12 out of the 14 games and believes his time with the Melbourne outfit will help him propel his career.
“It’s a great program, it’s an awesome place to live as well in Melbourne,” he told the Rebels’ official website.
“The lads and the coaches are comfortable (to be around) and I couldn’t think of any better place to continue my rugby.
“It’s a place where I can develop my own game and the competition is great.
“Once I go and try and get an easy position, the drive and competition sort of leaves me, so I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson had high praise for Rangi and his abilities.
“Since arriving at the club at the back end of 2017, Anaru has embodied the very spirit and values of the Melbourne Rebels, highlighted by his recognition as our 2018 Player’s Player,” he said.
“Anaru has shown great durability over the last two seasons playing 28 Super Rugby games. ‘Bopper’ throws his body into everything on the training paddock and under the lights on match day but also cares very deeply about the people at the club.
“Anaru’s quiet and humble nature masks a determined spirit which has quickly endeared him to the Rebels playing group, staff, commercial partners and fan base.
“His selflessness, team first mentality and intensity align very closely to the evolving culture at the Melbourne Rebels.”