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“It’s a wonderful place to be”: Meet Mel Kawa, Melbourne Rebels Captain

“I’ve been so fortunate that I’ve been able to chase a rugby ball around the world, so I’m hoping for the women’s competition it will follow the men’s and be equally successful,” says Mel Kawa, captain of the Melbourne Rebels team.

Kawa has now played her first season for the Rebels after playing in France, Fiji and elsewhere in Australia.

The 2020 season marked the Rebels’ first win in its three-year history.

“Our team is in its infancy,” she tells Islands Business. “Better results will come because the Victorian rugby fraternity is so supportive, and they want to achieve.

Born in Mendi, in the Southern Highlands, her father, John Kawa, is from Kendagl village in Ialibu. Her mother, Robyn, is Australian, from country New South Wales.

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