Jock Merriman joins Rebels as cover for scrum-half
February 12, 2014
Scrum-half Jock Merriman has joined the Melbourne Rebels on a six-week supplementary contract with Nic Stirzaker set to miss six weeks with an ankle injury and will provide competition for Luke Burgess and Ben Meehan.
Merriman, a former Australian Under-20s representative and Australia A Schoolboys captain, has been a member of the Australian Rugby Union's National Academy for the past two seasons.
"I am very excited to be down here," the 20-year-old said. "There are a few familiar faces here from Sydney University, such as Sam Jeffries, and I'll be staying with him and Alex Rokobaro initially before I move in with a Rebels board member; they'll be able to show me the ropes around Melbourne."
Merriman is familiar with Rebels' Assistant Coach Sean Hedger, having worked with him at the National Academy, and is looking forward to again linking up with him.
"I got to know Sean well in Sydney last year, and also had a few sessions with Tony McGahan when he helped us out, so it will be good to be coached by them again. Sean called and said Nic was going to have a stint on the sidelines, so obviously I jumped at the opportunity (to come down)."
Merriman is not expecting to make his Super Rugby debut while in Melbourne, however sees plenty of positives in the opportunity presented to him.
"Coming down here was a little unexpected, but I have come with the goal in mind of becoming a better player," he said. "It would be a bit eager of me to expect to play any Super Rugby, but if that chance came then I would definitely try and make the most of it."
Merriman meets up with the squad immediately, and will join locals Martin Naufahu and Joe Kamana in training with the Rebels. Wing Kamana impressed while playing the first half in the club's trial win against the New South Wales Waratahs in Albury and featured in the squad that faced beat the Hurricanes in Geelong, while Naufahu was in the Albury matchday squad.
Australian Schoolboys representative Fereti Sa'aga is also combining his training duties between the Rebels and the Victorian Under-20s squad, while trialist hooker Steve Faulau remains with the club as an injury replacement for Tom Sexton, who was ruled out for the 2014 Super Rugby season with a new injury.
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