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Posted: 2017-11-03 06:10:24

Melbourne Rebels could boast an all-Wallabies back line for Super Rugby in 2018 after the addition of Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty.

The former Western Force star has followed coach Dave Wessels to Melbourne and signed a two-year deal. He is expected to move into the fullback role, giving his new club a veteran presence in the last line of defence.

Haylett-Petty has played fullback and winger during his career, during which he has played 18 Tests and 52 Super Rugby games. Last season he led the Force in tries, average run metres and line break assists.

With the 28-year-old at fullback, plus Marika Koroibete, Sefa Naivalu, Reece Hodge, Dom Shipperley, David Horwitz and emerging star Jack Maddocks to battle for the remaining back-line roles, a fully fit Rebels could boast the best back line in the Australian conference, although they first have to solve the injury issues that constantly robbed the team of elite players in the past two seasons.

"The work Dave was doing at the Force was putting together a world-class program and that was a big drawcard for me coming here," Haylett-Petty said.

"I know he will get the best out of the group we have and we will have a successful season together."

Haylett-Petty is recovery from a biceps injury but has already started working with his new club as pre-season training begins.

"With a biceps injury I can still run so I've been doing a lot of running and I will start contact work in December," he said.

"There is no game then, unfortunately, so I will have to wait until February to get going."

The Rebels have also signed Dane's brother, Ross, 23, to a two-year deal and he will help bolster their ranks in the loose forwards after performing strongly for the Force last season.

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