The Rebels have denied that they are chasing star Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk, but they are doing their best to learn from the rugby league team as they look to get rid of the Super Rugby Wooden Spoon this year.
Cronk is currently off-contract and has been linked to the Brisbane Broncos as well, but Rebels coach Damien Hill dismissed suggestions that he was in the hunt for Cronk's signature, explaining that they do not really need him and probably could not afford him.
"I watch a lot of league and Cooper's a fantastic player," Hill told AAP. "It's unrealistic for us to talk about him at this place. We've got salary caps in place and he's at the top echelon of rugby league."
"Not taking anything away from Cooper because he's a fantastic player but we've got Nick Phipps, who's back from the Wallabies and Richard Kingi, our contesting halfbacks for that spot.
"In terms of 10s, Jimmy Hilgendorf, Danny Cipriani, Kurtley Beale, James O'Connor, Julian Huxley and Lloyd Johansson, who can all play 10 so we have got a lot of options," said the Rebels boss.
Hill did reveal that the Rebels have tried to learn as much as they can from the Storm, and are looking to implement aspects of their game such as their quick hands and solid defensive organisation.
He said: "We view their training sessions every now and then and they view ours. They've got a fantastic coaching staff that we can learn from and they've been nice enough to share their coaching resources with us.
"Defensively they're known as a very hard working team ... something we'd love to have people speak about the Rebels about," added Hill.
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