The Melbourne Rebels have signed former England loose forward Michael Lipman and rugby league wing Cooper Vuna.
Flank Lipman, who played 12 Tests for England, recently finished his nine-month ban for missing two drug tests during his time at Bath and has been playing for Sydney club Warringah. Lipman was born in London but raised in Australia.
‘Since his return to Australia, Michael’s attitude and achievements at Warringah have been outstanding. There’s no doubt he will add metal to our forward pack and make a significant contribution to the establishment of our club culture,’ said Rebels assistant coach Mark Bakewell.
After failing to lure Australian-born Stade Francais star Mark Gasnier, the Rebels signed Vuna. The Newcastle Knights speedster is the Rebels’ second rugby league convert after St George Illawarra Dragons prop Jarrod Saffy signed earlier this season.
The Rebels have already signed former Wallabies skipper Stirling Mortlock and hooker Adam Freier, England flyhalf Danny Cipriani, All Blacks prop Greg Somerville and Wales flank Gareth Delve.