Wallabies and Pau lock Matt Philip has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia.
The second-rower, who was a mainstay in the Wallabies starting XV in 2020 will re-join the Rebels in 2022 after a stint with Top 14 club Pau for the 2020-21 season.
"I’m looking forward to giving something back to the club. Without the Rebels and the people involved in the environment, I definitely wouldn’t be in the position I am today. I want to achieve some club goals and bring home some silverware," Philip said in a statement.
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“The Top 14 has been a great opportunity for growth both on-and-off the field. A lot of games are in cold, wet weather and against some big bodies so as a tight five forward, it’s definitely helped me improve and grow my game.
“France has obviously been in lockdown since I arrived, so this has forced me to also develop and mature, becoming a more well-rounded person off the field"
“I feel like I’ve only just gotten started within the Wallabies environment. I have a lot to give so if provided the opportunity I won’t take a backwards step.
“Playing for your country and representing your family is one of the best feelings I have had as a person to date.
“I have worked hard on bringing a level of consistency to my game with my carries, my set-piece and my engine around the field. I hope this will put me in good stead come selection time,” Philip said.
The 26-year-old made his debut in 2016 for the Western Force before moving to the Rebels in 2018.
He would become Wallaby no.915 during his time at the club, coming off the bench for Australia's match against Japan in Yokohama.
Philip will be immediately available for selection for the Wallabies ahead of their three-test series with France.