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Queensland Rugby will farewell championship-winning Reds flanker Scott Higginbotham at the end of the 2012 FxPro Super Rugby season after it was announced today he will join the Melbourne Rebels from 2013.
Higginbotham will finish his tenure at the end of the season and leaves with the milestone of 50 games for Queensland, which was achieved in the reigning champions opening victory of the season against the Waratahs in Sydney.
The 25-year-old first debuted for Queensland in 2008 and played in every match of the Reds 2011 title success, ending the campaign as the team’s equal leading try scorer with six.
Higginbotham’s efforts were formally recognised with the powerful backrower finishing second behind Will Genia in overall voting for the 2011 Pilecki Medal Award for Player’s Player, and he went on to earn a bronze medal in Australia’s Rugby World Cup campaign in New Zealand.
Queensland Rugby coach Ewen McKenzie said he wished Higginbotham all the best in the future.
“It’s obviously going to be disappointing to see Scott leave us at the end of the season, he has been a great servant of Queensland Rugby and has given his all to the team during his time here,” McKenzie said.
“Over the past few years Scott has grown from being a raw talent into a World Cup Wallaby and we’re proud to have played a role in his development and his ability to command big offers.
“In the end, we will continue to make responsible financial decisions, and we won’t compete with some of the extraordinary offers out there.
“Players have to make a decision about what is important to them and the majority of our players want to remain with the Reds.
“I’m now looking forward to the challenge of finding and developing the next Wallaby standard backrower.
“Queensland Rugby offers their best wishes to Scott at the Rebels next year.”
Higginbotham will join former Reds teammates Laurie Weeks, Richard Kingi, Adam Byrnes and Lloyd Johansson in the Rebels squad.
Date of Birth: 05/09/1986
Place of Birth: Subiaco, Perth
Senior Club: Wests
Queensland Caps: 59*
Queensland Points: 80*
Queensland Debut: 2008 v Bulls
Super Rugby Caps: 59*
Super Rugby Points: 80*
Super Rugby Debut: 2008 v Bulls
Test Caps: 11
Test Points: 0
Test Debut: 2010 v France
23 JANUARY 2019