Melbourne Rebels have announced that prop Sam Talakai will be making a return to the Super Rugby club ahead of the 2023 season.
Talakai previously played for Rebels in the 2018 and 2019 seasons making 31 appearances for them and now follows the recent re-signings of Cabous Eloff, Jordan Uelese, Cameron Orr and Pone Fa’amausili.
Having started his professional rugby career with Sydney University in 2010, the 30-year-old was also part of GPS, Brothers, Waratahs and Suntory Sungoliath and has played 161 senior games across two countries.
“I’ve been fortunate in my career to work with some incredible leaders like Giteau, Barrett, Kerevi, McKenzie and McMahon,” said Talakai.
“You see part of the game in a different light, so I’m more than happy to pass on what I’ve learned and experienced and believe it will only be beneficial for us moving forward.
“The pursuit of excellence in your role is what drives you daily, so for us to succeed, we’ve got to do it together and ultimately, we’ve got to show that through our actions.
“Seeing the emergence of our Club’s young guys really excites me, plus working closely with Nick Stiles, Kevin Foote and the entire coaching staff again.
“It felt right to come back, so I’m really excited to get back to Melbourne.
“The AAMI Park precinct has a special buzz to it, but first stop will be going back to my old local, Coe and Coe, for a toastie, coffee and some hoops - I can’t wait.”