Super Rugby
Toby Smith joins Melbourne Rebels
ESPN Staff
May 18, 2013

Melbourne Rebels have bolstered their forward stocks by signing Chiefs prop Toby Smith until the end of 2016, the Australian-born front-rower leaving the Super Rugby champions after outstanding performances this season and for Waikato during the 2012 ITM Cup.

"To have a championship player like Toby committing to the Rebels is great sign of where this young organisation is heading," Rebels general manager of rugby Sam Cordingley said. "We are already seeing the fruits of some of our young players developing from this Rebels rugby program. At 24, Toby brings with him not only a great deal of experience at young age, but also some impressive form from this Super Rugby season and last season's ITM Cup."

Smith said of his time with the Chiefs that he had "been very fortunate to have been involved in such a fantastic rugby program" but "I can see the Rebels are building a very competitive rugby team, with a good mix of youth and experience".

"I am also looking forward to pressing my claims toward playing Test rugby in the future, and taking advantage of my Australian eligibility."

Smith, who has played 33 Super Rugby matches since making his debut in 2010, including seven this season, was a member of the New Zealand Under-20 side that won the 2008 Junior World Championship.

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