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Reds nab Neville from Rebels' clutches
ESPN Staff
April 29, 2015
Cadeyrn Neville will be wearing red in Super Rugby next season © Getty Images

Queensland Reds have moved to plug the hole set to be created by James Horwill's departure with the signature of Melbourne Rebels lock Cadeyrn Neville.

Neville will head link with the Reds at the end of the season, after dropping down the pecking order in Melbourne through the emergence of Lopeti Timani and the continued form of Wallabies forward Luke Jones.

"I have had my eye on Cadeyrn now for a number of seasons," Reds coach Richard Graham said. "I first met with him in the middle of 2011 leading into the 2012 Super Rugby season. He was reasonably new into his rugby career at that stage but had come from an elite rowing program. He had all the physical qualities that I felt we could develop and a genuine desire to be the best he could in his new sport.

"At a touch over two metres tall and 120kg, he is a big man. We've seen over the past few seasons that a lot of tight-five forwards have been poached by overseas clubs, however Cadeyrn has aspirations here in Australia and he believes the best environment for him to achieve those is here at the Reds."

Neville looms as a likely replacement for former Wallabies captain Horwill who is off to English club Harlequins after this year's Rugby World Cup.

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