The Rebels and Waratahs have received some much-welcomed news ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.
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New South Wales Waratahs winger Rob Horne and Melbourne Rebels back-rower Sean McMahon have agreed to two-year contract extensions with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).
The new deals mean both players will remain in Australian rugby until 2017 and the news will come as a big boost to both the Waratahs and Rebels ahead of their respective Super Rugby campaigns.
McMahon, who made his Test debut during the Spring Tour, said staying at the Rebels was a simple decision.
“Being down here in Melbourne, and around the guys in this squad, is something I want to continue,” he was quoted by the ARU website.
“I can see the future of the Rebels getting better, and in the next few years we will continue to build towards an eventual premiership under this coaching staff; I want to be a part of that.
“The way I have always worked is that I let my manager do the deal and I just play the footy, so I said to him I wanted to stay here and let’s make it happen. I love it down here and being part of this group, and now I can focus on playing with this decision already made.”
NSW Waratahs and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he was delighted that Horne had chosen to extend his stay in Australian rugby.
“Rob’s been an invaluable asset to the Waratahs over the last two years since I’ve had the pleasure of coaching him,” said Cheika.
The 25-year-old has made 25 Test appearances for the Wallabies and was an integral part of the 2014 championship-winning Waratahs side.