Super Rugby
Rebels sign Ireland prop Jamie Hagan
ESPN Staff
July 22, 2015

Melbourne Rebels have signed former Ireland international prop Jamie Hagan until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, the tight-head becoming the third capture in as many days after the announcement that Adam Thomson was joining from Queensland Reds and Culum Retallick was crossing the Tasman from the Blues.

Hagan, 28. has played more than 100 matches in Europe for Leinster, Connacht and London Irish, and he represented Ireland at under-18 and under-20 level before making his full debut against the United States in 2013.

"To be able to bring a front row player into the team with 100 caps at the professional level is a real positive for the improvement of the squad going forward into the 2016 season," Rebels coach Tony McGahan said. "Jamie is quality player and he has added to every environment he has been a part of. Jamie's playing experience in European Rugby, where the set piece is crucial, will bring a varied approach to the Rebels' forward play and likewise he will find a different challenge for himself in Super Rugby."

Hagan moves to Melbourne having previously worked with Rebels performance analyst Eoin Toolan, in Ireland.

Toolan "put some of my footage in front of Tony McGahan and Zane Hilton," Hagan said. "I am most grateful that they liked what they saw, and now I am just really looking forward to coming over and showing them exactly what I'm made of."

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