Wallabies back-rower Sean McMahon has all but conceded he will not take part in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and leave Australian rugby for a two-year flexible deal in Japan.
Japanese back-rower Amanaki Mafi confirmed his importance to the Melbourne Rebels by claiming the players' award, while Victorian prop Fereti Sa'aga was rookie of the year.
Melbourne Rebels are now looking to season 2018 and they have plenty to work on.
Melbourne’s plans to end their Super Rugby season on a high fell short on Friday night with a heartbreaking 32-29 loss to the Jaguares.
I am in disbelief to think that the Melbourne Rebels may play their last game at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Melbourne Rebels star Sean McMahon is fit and firing for what could be his last game with the club.
Mitch Inman hopes he can prove his fitness for his 100th Super Rugby game in his last run with Melbourne Rebels.
Wallabies winger Dane Haylett-Petty is set to take up a contract with the Melbourne Rebels if the Western Force are cut from Super Rugby next season.
"Everyone is working hard to try and make sure that there's a resolution, one way or the other. But it was great to see the guys united in their cause to keep Australian rugby's five teams.
The Melbourne Rebels finally had the chance to show how dangerous winger Marika Koroibete can be when unleashed but there wasn't too much else to love about their loss to Western Force on Friday night.
It's not a grand final and it's not a relegation game but the clash between the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force in Perth is more than a regular contest.
Newly re-signed hooker James Hanson speaks about how he handled the uncertainty of this year in Australian rugby.
As it stands there are five sides and once the remaining two games of this season are completed, the Australian Rugby Union will belatedly announce one team won't return for 2018. The Western Force still appear the side likely to go.
The Western Force have continued their signing frenzy, but the future of the Melbourne Rebels appears increasingly bleak as the franchise's best players prepare to jump ship.
Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan will depart the Super Rugby club at the end of the season.
Baden Stephenson says the Rebels are here to stay and are fighting to regain respect and local support heading into next season.
Melbourne Rebels star Reece Hodge hopes to get his chance to earn a place in the centres for the Wallabies against Fiji on Saturday.
The Melbourne Rebels have signed former England international and British and Irish Lions second-row forward Geoff Parling for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
Marika Koroibete is pressing for his Wallabies debut against his birth nation of Fiji this Saturday.
Sefa Naivalu hopes to appear for the Wallabies against his birth nation Fiji on Saturday.