Bill Meakes

  • 28 Age
  • 94kg Weight
  • 187cm Height

Biography

Billy Meakes is an agile inside centre who established himself as the first choice number 12 in 2019.

Hailing from Manly, NSW, Meakes competed with the Australian U20s during the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.

Meakes has also appeared at Sevens level for Australia, participating in the 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series.

In 2013, Meakes moved to England, played for Clifton RFC. In early 2014, the 25-year-old linked up with Gloucester Rugby having played for Clifton since his arrival in the UK as a non-contracted player. Meakes' first professional contract occurred when he signed with Gloucester in 2015.

In July 2016, it was announced that Meakes would be released from his contract at Gloucester Rugby to pursue a career in Super Rugby.

2017 saw Meakes sign with the Western Force on a two-year deal. Meakes played in all but one (14/15) of the Western Force's Super Rugby matches in 2017, scoring one try, which eanred himself a call up into the Wallabies squad ahead of The Rugby Championship. 

Meakes failed to make an appearance during the Rugby Championship but was named in the Wallaby squad to face the Barbarians where he played.

Following a year at the Western Force, Meakes was signed by the Melbourne Rebels for the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons. Meakes played every game in his first year at the Club, and while he initially started the season as a reserve back, by Round 8, Meakes was virtually starting in every match as the Club's inside centre. Following his form at Super Rugby level, Meakes was also named in the Bledisloe Cup squad in 2018, yet was unable to manage a Wallabies cap.

Meakes started off the 2019 Super Rugby season at inside centre and paired with 13 Tom English to create a terrific combination throughout the Club's 5-2 start to the season. The emergence of Campbell Magnay and arrival of recruit Matt To'omua created a competition for spots in the backline, yet Meakes held his own to play in all 16 matches. Meakes signed a one year deal to remain at the Club until the end of 2020.