Brumbies and Wallabies centre Len Ikitau has recommitted to the club and Rugby Australia until the end of 2023 after his break out season n the gold jersey.
The 22 year old made his international debut against France this season and has played every game n the centres during The Rugby Championship.
His excellent campaign was capped with a try double in the Wallabies 30-17 win over South Africa in his hometown Brisbane on Saturday night.
Ikitau started all games of the Brumbies Super Rugby games at No.13 this year scoring six tries including a match winner against the Hurricanes.
Ikitau moved to Canberra after completing high school at Brisbane Boys College.
He was picked as a bolter in Dave Rennie’s first Wallabies squad last year after less than 80 minutes of Super Rugby.
“I’m stoked to be able to secure my future with the Brumbies and Rugby Australia for at least the next two years,” Ikitau said in a Rugby Australia statement.
“I’d like to thank everyone who have helped me get to this stage of my career, it’s been a really rewarding journey so far.
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“I know I have plenty of improvement left in me and Canberra is the best place for me to continue to develop my game and learn what it takes to be a professional season after season.
“I’m looking forward to finishing off the 2021 Test season strong and getting back to the Brumbies to prepare for the Super Rugby Pacific competition.”
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie added: “We’re thrilled for Len and his family that he’s committed to Australian Rugby until the end of 2023.”
“He’s a great young talent and a humble young man who’s learning quickly what it takes to be successful at this level.
“He’s got a really mature attitude about improving every day and that’s something that’s exciting for both Wallabies and Brumbies supporters moving forward.”
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: “It’s fantastic for the club to have Lenny locked in for at least these next two years.”
“His maturity as a player and a person has been clear to see from everyone at the Brumbies, and in a short amount of time, he’s become a key pillar for our team in how we look to attack and defend.
“Working with Len over the past four years or so, I’ve always known he was capable of playing at the very top level and off the back of his commitment to training and doing all the little things that make you a top professional, he’s seen the rewards and if he continues on that path, I believe he’ll be a big contributor to the Brumbies and the Wallabies for many years to come.”