Former schoolboy sensation quits NRL to return to Union
The Brumbies have signed exciting young inside back Tom Wright from National Rugby League club, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, on a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old, who was born in Randwick, New South Wales, was a schoolboy rugby prodigy and was one of the most sought-after prospects in either rugby code following his performances for his school team, St. Joseph’s College.
Possessing electric pace, an incredible step and an eye for the tryline, Wright has all the attributes required to be a success in the XV-a-side game.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Tom to the Brumbies,” CEO Michael Thomson commented.
“Tom is a very exciting prospect and is exactly the kind of young, enthusiastic talent, that thrives in the Brumbies environment. His pace and electrifying running are sure to get fans on the edge of their seats. We are looking forward to welcoming Tom to Canberra and the Brumbies.”
Tipped as a bolter for the Aussie Sevens Rio Olympic team in 2016, Wright turned down the offer of a Sevens contract to take up a position at the Sea Eagles and was an instant success making a first-grade debut this past season against the Brisbane Broncos, and scoring one try in his five appearances.
While footage of Wright’s Sevens skills has created a strong following, it was the videos of him playing the XV-a-side game for his school which many felt were even more impressive, as Wright frequently drifted past clutches of defenders making line-breaks and offloading to support runners.
“Tom has genuine X-factor in attack with ability to create something out of nothing,” head coach Dan McKellar said.
“He also possesses very good skill. We have said for some time now that to play our style of rugby we need to recruit players with good skill and Tom has that.”
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Nice one Nick. He actually reminds me of more physical David Knox - those deft passes to keep the defences guessing still burns in my memory.Go to comments
Great piece Nick - as always. Rassie would snap you up as an analyst - he began his journey in international rugby as just that - for Jake White who has said many times that the WC isn’t won by attack but by defence. And the key to defence is in the centre. Le Roux and Muller, Steyn and Fourie, de Allende and Am pairings have two things in common. WC winners and outstanding defending combinations. Ringrose and Henshaw are very nearly as good on the defence better on attack than any of the SA combinations. If those two combinations (SA and Irish centre parings) face off in the WC first round it is going to be interesting. I think those two combinations are certainly the most settled and arguably the two best in the world.,Go to comments