Rebels re-sign Pyle and Neville
April 25, 2013
Hugh Pyle has been in good form in the pack © Getty Images
Hugh Pyle and Cadeyrn Neville have each re-signed with Melbourne Rebels for a further two years, the two locks joining Jordy Reid and Mitch Inman in a brigade of young players committed to the club until 2015. The locks each said the decision to stay had been easy even though the Rebels' season was not going as had been hoped.
"Before anything was on the table, the outcome I wanted was to stay here at the Rebels," Neville said. Unfortunately we haven't quite shown what we can achieve, but we've still got half the season to go and I think we'll start to show more of what we're capable of and the group is very excited about where we are heading. I believe in this program, and I have full faith that all my teammates do too. Eighteen months ago I was finishing my refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprenticeship, which I am very happy to announce, is now on hold."
Pyle's decision making process was similar, saying that his love of Melbourne and his teammates was a huge factor. "I love this city, AAMI Park, the Rebels fans and supporters. However, ultimately, I have a very strong bond with this playing group and it is important we remain together. There are a number of players recommitting to the club, which shows that there is a lot of faith in what we are trying to do in the Victorian Rugby community. The Rebels gave me the chance to play in 2011 and it is very important to me that I repay the faith shown in me. We are very close to achieving great things, and I want to be a part of it when it happens."
Rebels assistant coach and former Wallabies forward Matt Cockbain said: Both boys have shown great passion during their time here … and I have seen Hugh grow immensely over the years since he was recruited in late 2010. "The last six months he has really matured and that is showing in his Rugby.
"Cadeyrn's development has been extraordinary, transforming from an [Australian Institute of Sport] rower to a professional rugby player in a matter of years. The best thing about Cadeyrn is he is playing some great rugby in one of the toughest competitions in the world, and he will only get better."
Pyle was recruited to the club by former head coach Rod Macqueen, while Neville is a graduate of the Rebel Rugby Program after a successful Rebels European tour in 2011.
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