Massey Ferguson catches up with some of the Melbourne Rebels team as they embark on their 2017 season.
In 2017 Massey Ferguson proudly continues our support of the Melbourne Rebels as they battle it out in the Super Rugby competition, kicking off the first game of the season at AAMI Park when they host the Auckland Blues.
With several debutantes coming in to the starting line-up and some disruptions from injuries in preseason trials, the season opener offers an opportunity for several players to step up and make a claim for positions.
Interrupting a gruelling preseason session over the summer, Rebels players made themselves available for quick chat about their family connections to regional Australia and New Zealand.
Meet a few of the Melbourne Rebels Players:
Second rower Calum Retallick joined the Melbourne Rebels in 2016, after appearing for several Super Rugby teams in his native New Zealand.
“Any sport or team that has this kind of sponsor (Massey Ferguson) is great because when you get stuck into it, it’s a physical game and it’s the same with agriculture, isn’t it? You need to rely on your team like you need to rely on your farming equipment,” says Calum.
Hailing originally from Christchurch, he has since spent much of the past decade around the Waikato region where his parents maintain a small property with the help of their Massey Ferguson equipment while Calum’s Uncle and Aunt operate a vineyard.
Mick is in his second season with the Rebels, playing at half back. Born and raised in NSW on a Tamworth dairy property he enjoys the “very relaxed lifestyle” of the farm.
“My sister is still there and she’s got sheep and dairy cows about 45 minutes outside of town – I would go back in a heartbeat,” says Mick.
In his sixth season with the Rebels, Centre Mitch Inman likes to spend his downtime on his brother in-law’s Coonamble farm.
“We go out a fair bit on the farm – I love it,” Says Mitch.
Mitch’s wife’s family also operate a farm and Mitch says “they run some Massey Ferguson equipment and showed a fair bit of interest when they saw the MF triple triangle on our jersey.”
“Agriculture is a big export for Australia, so it’s good to have that involvement from Massey Ferguson with an Australian sporting team like the Rebels,” says Mitch.