Emerging Player Program

Emerging Players Program

The Emerging Player Program is the second tier in the Elite Youth Development Pathway, and is aimed at players from both fifteen and seven a side Rugby, either male or female.

Players invited into this program will have been identified as having the potential to progress through to a National level of representation in their respective age group of XV a side or Sevens Rugby.

This is a smaller squad of players, typically 15-20, who train 4-5 times per week in an Elite level environment aimed at readying them for the rigours of professional Rugby.

Rugby skill and game development

  • Core Skills
  • Position and Unit Specific Skills
  • Performance assessment (game viewing)
  • Decision Making
  • Tactical Awareness

Physical development

  • Strength (core competencies and weight training)
  • Speed & Agility
  • Rugby based conditioning
  • Flexibility

Off field development

  • Life Skills
  • Social Media Education
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Injury Prevention
  • Recovery
  • Game/Performance Analysis
  • Drug Education (ASADA)

The Victorian U16’s, U18’s Schoolboys, U19’s and Sevens programs will be used as a selection tool for the EPP, and players will be assessed not only on their ability on the field, but also on their behaviour away from it.

Sacrifice, a good work ethic, communication skills, honesty, respect and self-motivation will all be necessary traits athletes need to adopt to be involved in such a program.

Additional players can be selected and added to the program at any stage during the year at the discretion of Melbourne Rebels staff. All players are constantly reviewed on their performances at training and their commitment to the program.

Throughout the program players will be monitored and assessed by the program staff with a view to transition into the Melbourne Rising or Melbourne Rebels squads. 

2018 Emerging Player Squad
Name Last Club
Alesana  Sa'aga Northern
Fatuosofia  Maliko Endeavour Hills
Oliver  Barden Moorabbin
Callum  Kent Harlequins
Giovanni  Mountain-Silberry Melbourne Uni
Ben  Collins Melbourne Uni
Sunia  Finefuiaki Melbourne Uni
Mosese  Tuipoluto Southern Districts
Angus  Edwards TBC
Sione  Tu'i Power House
Haloti  Fonua Wyndham City Rhinos
2018 Emerging Women's Sevens Squad
Name Last Club
 Mere Robinson

Power House 

Georgia  Cormick Power House
Casey  Homewood Quins/Box Hill
Alice Tonumaivao Western Districts
Janita Kareta  
May Sa'aga Uni Panthers
Ta  Tupou Uni Panther
Mikaela Welti  
Paula Ioane  

If you require more information on the Elite Pathway, please contact Nic Henderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).