Nanaimo Hornets Sign Melbourne Rebels Tighthead Prop Tim Metcher
It's big news in the BC rugby community when a Super Rugby player commits to playing a season in BC. Tim Metcher will relocate to Nanaimo after seeing out the Shute Shield in Australia. Metcher is currently playing for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield, they've reached the playoff round and Southern Districts are well placed to claim some hardware as they finished the regular season in second place. The final is August 26th and Metcher could be in Nanaimo by Labour Day weekend.
A couple of resume notes you won't see from many players in Canada, he played against the British & Irish Lions twice in 2013 and was on a team that defeated the Chiefs in 2015 (Rebels 16 - Chiefs 15). At age 26 he has a lot to offer on the field but also in a coaching and mentoring capacity for young players who suit up for the Hornets this season. There will also be the benefit of connections to Australian rugby for young players wanting to play abroad for a season.
Nanaimo Hornets are moving up to Premier League this season, to find out more about Nanaimo Hornets rugby contact the Director of Rugby Darren Wicks at Djwicks@shaw.ca
Tim Metcher had a productive first season which saw him make his Super Rugby debut among two appearances for his new club. Metcher moved to Melbourne and joined the Rebels from Southern Districts in Sydney's Shute Shield after two consecutive seasons where he was named in that competition's team of the year, making his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs in Round 11 at ANZ Stadium. Born in Sydney's beachside suburb of Maroubra but raised in Coffs Harbour, Metcher represented Australia U20 at the 2011 Junior World Rugby Championships alongside fellow Rebels Luke Jones and Colby Fainga'a and played for both Combined NSW & QLD Country and the Force against the touring British & Irish Lions in 2013. The second-year tighthead prop represents Moorabbin in the Melbourne's Dewar Shield and after being part of the NSW Country Eagles squad for the inaugural National Rugby Championship, suited up for the Melbourne Rising in 2015.