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Huxley to continue comeback with Rebels

19/05/2010 02:38:26 PM Comments (0)

Julian Huxley will continue his remarkable rugby career in Melbourne, after becoming the 19th signing by the new Rebels franchise who join the expanded Super 15 competition next year.

Two years after having a brain tumour removed, former Wallabies fullback Huxley returned to the playing field with the Brumbies this season and will now extend his comeback through a two-year deal with Melbourne.

The 30-year-old says he's in good shape and ready for a fresh challenge after the severe health battles he has faced.

"I've had amazing support from the Brumbies and the rugby community in Canberra, particularly over the last two years, and now need to start a new chapter in my life," Huxley said.

"It's very rare to get the opportunity to be a part of a start-up, to help build the foundations of a club. I am extremely fortunate to have this chance.

"I have enormous respect for (Rebels coaching director) Rod Macqueen and look forward to helping him deliver on his determination to do things differently with the Melbourne Rebels.

"I must say I have a more holistic approach to life through my recent experience and I expect Melbourne to offer as much off the field as on."

Macqueen said the nine-times capped Wallaby will inspire the new Super rugby side.

"Julian has shown great form since his return," he said.

"He brings with him a fantastic attitude to life and the game we can all learn from.

"He is an intelligent player who will make a significant contribution to the Rebels."

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