Jack Maddocks ready to take next step with “rising” Rebels

Fresh off playing a starring role at the under 20’s World Cup, Melbourne Rebels recruit Jack Maddocks is one of Australia’s most exciting young prospects. Yet a year ago, he didn't even consider himself a rugby player. “12 months ago I probably thought of myself as more of a cricketer, but then the whole rugby thing just clicked and everything happened at a million miles an hour,” Maddocks told Rugby News. “Before I knew it, I was playing in the U20s and getting offers and by the time the Rebels got in touch, rugby was the obvious choice.” Maddocks was a shining light in another disappointing U20’s World Cup campaign. Australia headed to the UK full of confidence after beating New Zealand in a trial match, but were unable to get past Scotland and England in the pool stages. “It was an unreal experience and I definitely learnt a lot. We didn't play as well as a team as we would have liked, but I think we all took a lot away from the tournament individually,” the 1
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