Super Rugby

Rebels lock set to join Bordeaux

 Luke Jones (Getty)
Luke Jones (Getty)

Melbourne - Rebels lock Luke Jones will play his last home game for the Melbourne side as he is set to join Top 14 side Bordeaux Bègles on a two-year deal at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Jones, who joined the Rebels from the Force at the end of the 2010 season, has been playing for the Rebels ever since they joined Super Rugby in 2011.

The 25-year-old second-rower also made three Test appearances for Australia during the 2014 season.

A former league player, he has however not ruled out the possibility of returning to Melbourne should his overseas plans not work out.

The Rebels have three remaining games after the June international Test window, this Saturday's fixture against the Stormers will however be the last home game of the season.

"It's gone way too quick and I'm excited to play my last game at home," Jones told The Canberra Times.

"Looking back on my time here so many guys have come and gone so it's funny to think there is only Laurie and me left.

"This is just how life works, it would be ideal to stay here but a new chapter begins and I'm looking forward to that - for now I'm looking forward to being around the boys for these next three games."

Speaking about the challenges that awaits him and his young family, Jones expressed his excitement over the new life in France but also admitted that he will make the best of the next two years.

"I'm looking at it with open eyes and will see what happens," he said.

"If it's great then I could potentially stay longer but I can't predict the future and I don't even know if I will get another contract so I'll just take it year by year and see how it ends up."

Jones said he would miss the Rebels and the bond in the side which has developed in recent seasons.

"Coming through the years you get new faces but a lot of the guys have stuck around for a three- or four-year period and you become really good friends with those guys," Jones said.

"That's what makes it tough to leave, you've gone through some stuff with those guys, had some tough games, dug ourselves out of a few holes and you become good friends and build up a rapport with the guys that you just don't get in other workplaces."

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