Rugby Union

ACT Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva to join Melbourne Rebels

ACT Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva has signed with the Melbourne Rebels for the 2016 and 2017 Super Rugby seasons, but will remain in Canberra next year.

The 22-year-old has played 14 games for the Brumbies during his three seasons at the club, and missed all of 2012 because of a knee injury.

Siliva Siliva with Laurie Fisher. Siliva will head to the Melbourne Rebels for the 2016 season.
Siliva Siliva with Laurie Fisher. Siliva will head to the Melbourne Rebels for the 2016 season. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Siliva's departure means the Brumbies will be on the lookout for an understudy to Wallabies captain Stephen Moore beyond next season.

Moore, 31, recently signed a one-year extension, taking his contract to the end of 2016, while 33-year-old Josh Mann-Rea has one more year left on his deal.

Siliva, a former Australian schoolboys representative in 2008 and Australian under-20s player in 2011, grew up in Melbourne and spent the 2010 season at the Western Force.

He said the chance to be closer to his family was a factor in his decision to move south.

"I was born and raised in Melbourne, and it's where I learnt and played all my footy, so to return with the Rebels is something I hold pretty close to my heart," Siliva said.

"To be closer to my family, after being away for a while, is definitely exciting.

"I can't wait to give what I have got to the program and play good football for my new team in my home town."