Rugby Australia and Brumbies to get two more years of the Wright stuff

Rugby Australia and the Brumbies have bolstered their wing stocks for the next two seasons by signing Tom Wright to a contract extension. The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in Canberra and Australian rugby through to the 2023 World Cup in France. With former John Eales medallist and […]

Rugby Australia and Brumbies to get two more years of the Wright stuff

Rugby Australia and the Brumbies have bolstered their wing stocks for the next two seasons by signing Tom Wright to a contract extension.

The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in Canberra and Australian rugby through to the 2023 World Cup in France.

With former John Eales medallist and fellow winger Marika Koroibete expected to head overseas at the end of the season, locking in Wright is an important move for Wallabies coach Dave Rennie as he looks towards 2023.

Wright scored with his very first touch in Test rugby in the Wallabies’ Bledisloe 4 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane last year, and went on to play in the side’s two following matches against Argentina, both draws, making him something of a rarity in Australia as someone who has never tasted defeat at international level.

The speedster has crossed for 16 tries in his 35 matches for the Brumbies to date. He joined the ACT side after first playing professional football in the NRL for Manly.

“I’m thrilled to re-sign with the Brumbies and Rugby Australia for at least the next two years,” Wright said.

“I said last year when I signed for 2021 that there was no place I’d rather be than at the Brumbies and in Australia at this point in my career, so to have the next couple of seasons locked away is awesome.

“I’m extremely motivated by the challenge to continue to grow and push myself to be the best player and person I can be and hopefully get more opportunities in the gold jersey.”

Wallabies coach Rennie indicated Wright is a major part of the side’s plans going forward.

“Tom had an excellent start to his international career last year showing glimpses of what he’s capable of at the Test level,” Rennie said.

“He’s a mature young man who has pace, a good skill set and a real willingness to keep getting better which is exciting for the Wallabies moving forward.”

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Suliasi Vunivalu ruled out of France series with hamstring injury

A Wallabies debut for ex-NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu will have to wait with the winger to miss the upcoming Tests against France with a hamstring injury.

Vunivalu hobbled off the field in Queensland’s 31-24 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman loss to the Blues last weekend and Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says the injury is significant enough to rule him out of the three-Test series against the French next month.

“Obviously a reasonably serious hamstring injury,” Rennie told AAP.

“That’s going to see him miss the French series and we’ll know a little bit more detail beyond that but he certainly won’t be available for France.”

Despite the setback, Rennie was hopeful Vunivalu will have opportunity to make his Test debut later in the international season.

“We’re really happy with his progress. The Reds have done a really good job with him,” Rennie said.

“Disappointing for him but his job really is to rehab quickly and try and get back.

“We’ve got a lot of Tests and so there’s a lot of opportunity for him to still play for us.”

Injured five-eighth James O’Connor is expected to be named when Rennie names his squad for the French series on Sunday.

The Reds captain was a late scratching for the Blues game with a neck injury and hasn’t travelled to New Zealand for their last fixture of 2021 against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

“He’s been getting stingers for about the last four to five weeks,” Rennie said.

“We anticipate him being right.”

Rennie is unfazed about concerns the French are reportedly unhappy about strict quarantine requirements before their travel to Australia.

The Wallabies coach is confident the issues will be sorted and hasn’t been forced to make changes to his own plans due to the uncertainty.

“As we know, from last year, we thought our first Test was in Brisbane and two weeks later, we were in Wellington,” Rennie said.

“It is what it is.

“What I know is, from a quarantine point of view, it’s pretty good for the sporting teams, like we had in New Zealand and like the Argentinians had here in Australia.

“The French will be able to come in, they’ll be able to train fully and prepare well. I’m sure there’s no issues around it.”

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