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Rebels sign Japan hooker Horie for another year

Shota Horie will play Super Rugby for the Rebels again in 2015

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Article Published: Tuesday 1 July 2014|

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Japanese international hooker Shota Horie has agreed a new contract with the Rebels that keep him playing Super Rugby in Melbourne for another year.

Horie was the first Japanese player to feature for an Australian Super Rugby team when he joined the club for the 2013 season and his new contract will see him playing for the Rebels for in third year.

Twenty-eight-year-old Shota has 32 caps and six tries for Japan, and will be aiming to play in his second Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

He has played seventeen times for the Rebels since moving to Melbourne, making ten appearances in 2014 and scoring his first try for the Club in the bonus point loss against the two-time defending champion Chiefs in Hamilton.

Horie was pleased to see his stint in Super Rugby extended into a third season, and is looking forward to again challenging himself in the world's most competitive provincial Rugby competition.

"I'm very happy to stay here in Melbourne," Horie said.

"One month ago, we had a baby (Yoshino) and I had to decide whether to stay in Melbourne for another year or go back to Japan. My wife Yukari told me that if I want to stay as a Rebel, we can do that; the baby will be fine here.

"Super Rugby is a very difficult competition, and this year we haven't won enough games. I want to win more Super Rugby games at the Rebels, and I want more Super Rugby game time."

"I have some great friends here, particularly Male, Cruze and the other Polynesian guys, and I want to keep playing with them. Melbourne is very good; it's a big city, and it's really easy to get around on the tram. It will be easy for my wife and my baby to keep living here.

Rebels' Head Coach Tony McGahan admits that he was in the dark a little regarding Shota's abilities before seeing him firsthand in February of this season.

"I didn't really know a lot about Shota coming into the program," McGahan said.

"He started pre-season late after returning from Japan, and with him having limited playing time last season my knowledge wasn't great in regards to him.

"However we were really impressed with his condition when he came back from Japan in February; he was fit, keen and eager, and a really good student of the game.

Horie will compete with Pat Leafa and a fit-again Tom Sexton for the starting hooker spot next season, after again returning to play in the Japanese Top League for champions Panasonic Wild Knights while Leafa and Sexton play in the National Rugby Championship (NRC), and McGahan is looking forward to the trio battling for a starting spot and continuing to bring the best out of each other.

"There's still a lot of Rugby to go this season, and certainly Shota and Pat Leafa have got a great battle going on for the starting spot," McGahan said.

"Tom Sexton coming back from injury will certainly provide us with a really competitive position, and a great opportunity to continue to improve those three players. Through their own competitive nature, they will improve each other, and that will only help put the Club in a great position as three guys push each other to get the starting position next year."

Horie agrees, and is looking forward to finishing the 2014 Super Rugby competition on a high in a bid to put his best foot forward for the starting spot next year.

"There's a lot of competition for spots, and next year it will again be very hard, but I am excited," Horie said.

"I am looking forward to next year and getting better than this year, but first we need a strong two weeks in South Africa to finish this season; these games will feel like a test match!"

 
 
 
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