April 3, 2010 / 4:08 AM / 9 years ago

Rugby-Melbourne Rebels sign former Wallaby Cordingley

MELBOURNE, April 3 (Reuters) - Former Australia scrumhalf Sam Cordingley has signed to play for rugby expansion franchise Melbourne Rebels in the revamped Super 15 next year.

The Rebels have also signed former Western Force and New South Wales Waratahs back rower Tim Davidson and 21-year-old outside back Peter Betham, formerly of the ACT Brumbies.

The trio join a Rebels squad that includes former Australia captain Stirling Mortlock and England flyhalf Danny Cipriani.

“After speaking with (coach) Rod Macqueen and (CEO) Brian Waldron about their ideas for taking the club forward, it became a quick decision to join,” 22-test Wallaby Cordingley said in a statement on Saturday.

“Being asked to be one of the founding members of the Melbourne Rebels and to be part of building a culture from scratch is an honour. It’s something not many players get the chance to experience.”

The 34-year-old made his Super rugby debut with the ACT Brumbies in 1998 and has had stints with the Queensland Reds, Welsh club Swansea and French second division side Grenoble, where he has played the last two seasons.

He made his Wallabies debut against Argentina in 2000 and played his last international rugby during the Wallabies spring tour of Europe in 2008. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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