The Melbourne Rebels have signed All Blacks and Chiefs lock Kevin O’Neill.
According to Fairfax Media, O’Niell will join the new Austalian Super Rugby franchise for their debut season next year. The 28-year-old, who played one Test against the Springboks in 2008, missed most of the Chiefs’ Super 14 campaign due to an Achilles injury but made a cameo of appearances in the latter rounds.
It has also been announced that Force prop Nic Henderson has made the move to Melbourne.
The Rebels nearly have a full squad, with big names like Greg Somerville, England pivot Danny Cipriani, rugby league convert Cooper Vuna, Wales flank Gareth Delve and former Wallabies Stirling Mortlock, Julian Huxley,and Adam Freier.
The Chiefs’ loss of O’Neill follows the departure of law-troubled Sione Lauaki, who signed with French club Clermont next season.