Melbourne Rebels have signed Australian Sevens strike weapon Pama Fou for the upcoming season of the Super Rugby.
The former Queensland volleyballer was earlier ruled out of the Australian Sevens Olympics squad after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament after he slipped while getting out from the shower in his home in Sydney. The 25-year-old will join the Rebels in August on a one-year deal with the club following his knee reconstruction surgery.
General Manager Rugby Operations at Melbourne Rebels Baden Stephenson believes Fou's style and physique will suit the Super Rugby club.
“The prolific try scorer’s height and athleticism provides unique aerial skills which will not only compliment our outside backs but also provide a point of difference,” said Stephenson.
Being a prominent member in the sevens rugby circuit, Fou has scored 80 tries in 121 games becoming the third highest try scorer for Australia in the format.
After making his debut at Gold Coast Sevens in 2011, Fou will always be remembered for the winning try he scored in the 2014 Commonwealth Games quarter-final encounter against Wales.
“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.”