Australia international Matt To'omua makes Rebels exit

Matt To'omua has played 42 games for Rebels
Matt To'omua has played 42 games for Rebels

Melbourne Rebels have confirmed that experienced fly-half Matt To'omua will be leaving the club.

To'omua, who can also play at centre will be heading overseas for the third time in his career according to a statement released by the club's official website.

The 32-year-old joined Rebels in 2019 and has gone on to make 42 appearances for the club spread across four seasons. He also captained them in the Super Rugby AU trans-Tasman campaign in 2021.

He started his career with Brumbies in 2008 and amassed 88 appearances for them while also enjoying stints with Western Province and Leicester Tigers.

He made his international debut for Australia in 2013 and has 59 Test caps to his name including 11 appearances in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups combined.

Melbourne Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson thanked To'omua for his contribution to the club.

“Matt arrived at the Rebels midway through 2019 and made an immediate impact on our playing group,” said Stephenson.

“He remains a popular and highly respected figure at our Club and someone who did an almighty job leading the Rebels through an intense period of instability and change during our COVID-impacted 2021 campaign, when our Club was forced to relocate for a second straight season.

“Matt’s work ethic, detail, leadership, and generosity were hallmarks of his tenure at the Rebels, and he leaves having been a Club Captain and an important member of our maiden finals team in 2020.

“From everyone at the Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Victoria, we thank Matt for his service and wish him all the very best in the future.”