Rebels recruit Sexton
The Rebels have bolstered their 2014 Super Rugby squad with the signing of Melbourne-born Leinster hooker Tom Sexton.
Sexton has played the majority of his rugby in Ireland with Leinster where he featured through the club successes in the 2012-13 season.
The former Irish schoolboy captain was looking forward to coming home to Melbourne and the challenge of Super Rugby.
"I am really looking forward to it, I am obviously a little bit nervous about moving to the other side of the world again, but it is definitely very exciting," Sexton said.
"I was definitely flattered to have a team from Super Rugby interested in me but I was also mindful of how much credit I owe to Leinster and Irish rugby for where I am today, it was a tough decision to leave, but I am thrilled to return home to Melbourne and play for the Rebels.
"Having been born in Melbourne, I then left Australia at four years of age. I have been fortunate to receive a great Irish education. My rugby career also benefited greatly from exposure at club, school, academy and professional level in Ireland. But in many ways I am returning home.
"I have kept a close eye on Super Rugby, particularly in Melbourne with the Rebels because it was where I was born. With the likes of Wallabies James O'Connor, Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps now playing for the Rebels, I can't wait to be part of it!"
Sexton will arrive at the club at the completion of the 2013 season.