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Kuridrani re-signs for Brumbies in two-year deal

Tevita Kuridrani will be at the Brumbies for two more years.
Tevita Kuridrani will be at the Brumbies for two more years. DAVID MOIR

THE Wallabies have been boosted by the news that centre Tevita Kuridrani has re-signed with the Brumbies for two years.

The new deal will keep the 50-capped international in Australia until at least the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 26-year-old notched 15 Super Rugby games in 2017 as the Brumbies reached the quarter-finals.

He is on track to reach 100 caps for the Canberra-based franchise, sitting on 90 appearances since his 2012 debut.

The Fijian-born Kuridrani starred on last season's European tour and started at outside centre in the Wallabies' loss to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup final in London.

He is set to retain his No 13 jersey for the Wallabies' Test against Argentina on Saturday in Canberra.

"I'm really excited to stay with the Brumbies and Australian Rugby and know the future has lots in store," Kuridrani said.

"When I moved to Australia from Fiji, it was my dream to just play one time for the Wallabies, so to now have done it 50 times is amazing.

"Australia has been very good to me and my family, so while I had some offers to go overseas, I just didn't want to leave.

"I really believe in what we're building here at the Wallabies but also at the Brumbies and I hope I can be a big part in that.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar also said he was pleased Kuridrani had committed to Australian rugby.

"It is great news for the Brumbies having Tevita commit to the club for the next two years," he said.

"Tevita is now one of our most experienced players and we will be looking to him to step up as a leader both on and off field.

"On field, he is a big powerful ball carrier who has the ability to create something out of nothing, he is also in my opinion now one of the best defensive 13s in the world.

"He plays a big role in how we defend as a team through his work in the wider channels.

"Off field, through the experience he has gained as both international and Super Rugby levels, we will be looking for 'T' to impart his knowledge on some of our young up and coming backs.

"We are all very excited to have Tevita remaining at the Brumbies for the next couple of seasons."

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