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Rebels sign Australian U20’s prop Lomax from Brumbies

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Melbourne’s Rebels have signed hulking Australian U20’s tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax from the ACT Brumbies for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

The 20-year-old, son of former Rugby League international and Canberra Raiders legend John Lomax, has signed his first professional contact – a two-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels from 2017.

Lomax initially followed in his dad’s footsteps into Rugby League before a return to Canberra to finish his studies at Rugby nursery St Edmunds College saw him swap codes.

The 193-centimetre and 127-kilogram front rower has been a critical member of the Australian U20’s in 2015 and 2016, which included starting every game of Australia’s recent World Rugby U20’s Championship campaign in Manchester.

“Tyrel demonstrated during the recent World Rugby U20’s Championship that he’s a strong scrummager and has well developed core skills for his size,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said.

“We’re looking forward to fast tracking his development and providing opportunities for him to transition into Super Rugby next season.”

Lomax said he was excited by the prospects at the Rebels, which will feature a number of his Australian U20’s team mates next season, including Sione Tuipulotu, Rob Leota, Harley Fox, Jordan Uelese and Jack Maddocks.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Melbourne Rebels next month, it’s massive for my family and I to sign my first Super Rugby contract,” Lomax said.

“The Rebels are an exciting team that are bringing a lot of young players through Super Rugby and, like me, who have committed long term to the culture the Rebels are seeking to create.

“I had a good chat with team mates while I was on (Australian U20’s) tour and they said it was a great program and how much it has done for their development. I’m looking forward to relocating to Melbourne and consider this as a long term commitment to the Rebels.”

Lomax is expected to make his first appearance for Melbourne in the rebranded red, white and blue of the Rising for the upcoming 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC), the seven-week national underpinning competition to Super Rugby.

The Rising plays a key role in the development and preparation of athletes for the rigours of professional Rugby.

The Rising kick off their 2016 NRC campaign away against the Perth Spirit on Satuday 27 August.

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