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Shipperley commits to playing Super Rugby for Rebels

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Melbourne Super Rugby franchise the Rebels have been given a boost ahead of their National Rugby Championship (NRC) campaign as winger Dom Shipperley has re-signed with the club.

Twenty-five-year-old Shipperley joined the Rebels in 2015 and has signed a contract extension that will keep him playing Super Rugby for the Rebels until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

With three Wallabies caps and 63 Super Rugby appearances, including 18 tries, to his name, Shipperley will continue to add a wealth of experience and leadership to the club’s exciting backline.

“Dom is very highly regarded in our organisation. A smart person and player who brings consistency, balance and professionalism every day,” Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Operations Baden Stephenson said.

“Dom was in great form prior to his injury so we look forward to seeing him return and play an influential role on and off the field in 2017.”

Shipperley, who earned three Wallabies Test caps in 2012, has been sidelined since Round 8 when he injured his knee against the Hurricanes after scoring the club’s 100th Super Rugby try at AAMI Park.

“It’s exciting, especially with a couple key playmakers here next year and a couple good friends as well, so it’s good to keep the group together,” Shipperley said.

“I am really keen to get back on the field, enjoy my rugby and help drive the club.”

Shipperley will resume training shortly before an expected return during the 2016 NRC with the Melbourne Rising.

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