Leota locked in until 2025 Lions Series

Thu, Mar 9, 2023, 7:54 PM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Rob Leota will wear Wallaby gold until at least the end of 2025. Photo: Getty Images
Rob Leota will wear Wallaby gold until at least the end of 2025. Photo: Getty Images

Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels are thrilled to announce Rob Leota has put pen to paper, re-signing until the end of 2025.

The 26-year-old becomes the latest key Wallaby to re-commit to Australian Rugby until at least the British and Irish Lions Series.

He made his Test debut in 2021 in the remarkable win over South Africa on the Gold Coast and has gone on to pull on the gold jersey 13 times since, starting on eight occasions.

Melbourne born and raised, Leota was unveiled as the Rebels captain this year, following 44 Super Rugby caps for his boyhood club, after making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2016, the same year he represent the Junior Wallabies.

Known for his impact on both sides of the ball, Leota's versatility as either a lock or a backrower makes him valuable at both Super Rugby Pacific and International level.

Leota is currently recovering from a ruptured Achilles he picked up in Bledisloe One last year and is hopeful of returning to the field towards the back end of the Super Rugby Pacific season.

Wallabies and Melbourne forward Rob Leota said: "I'm stoked to re-sign with the Rebels and Rugby Australia for two more years."

"Melbourne is my home. This is the club I grew up supporting and the one that gave me my first opportunity to live out my dream, so to be able to re-commit to them was really important to me and my family.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to work hard to get back on the field as soon as I can and do everything I can to put my hand up for Wallabies selection later this year."

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones said: “Rob’s got the potential to be a consistent Test player.”

“He’s currently working hard to get himself back on the field and we hope to see him back out on the paddock for the Rebels soon.”

Melbourne Rebels General Manager of Rugby Nick Stiles said: “Rob’s re-commitment to the Rebels is fantastic news for our Club and the community."

“After rising through as a Northern Panthers junior, to our Academy system, everyone at the Melbourne Rebels has been so proud watching him grow into a damaging Super Rugby player and a homegrown Club Captain and a Wallaby.

“Rob is a team-first, high-character guy and an important leader at our Club, so it’s exciting he wants to remain part of what we’re building here at the Melbourne Rebels and in the Victorian community.

“Having someone like Rob re-commit to our Club, and help drive our culture and ambitions will help inspire more Victorians to get into our game and support the Melbourne Rebels.”

Rob Leota

Position: Backrower/Lock

Height: 193cm

Weight: 114kg

Date of Birth: 3/3/1997

Place of Birth: Melbourne, VIC

Test debut: 2021 v South Africa, Gold Coast

Test caps: 13

Super Rugby debut: 2016 v Crusaders, ChristchurchSuper Rugby caps: 44

2023 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Fixtures

Wallabies v South Africa, 5:05pm SAST/1:05am AEST, Saturday 8 July at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Wallabies v Argentina, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 15 July at CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Wallabies v New Zealand, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 29 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Wallabies v New Zealand, 2:35pm NZST/12:35pm AEST Saturday 5 August at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin