Len Ikitau re-signs with Brumbies through until 2025
Rugby Australia have announced the re-signing of rising Brumbies and Wallabies star Len Ikitau, who has confirmed his commitment to the Australian side through until 2025.
Ikitau, who is Wallaby number 944, marked his Wallabies debut in the 2021 series against France in Australia. Since then, the 24-year-old has represented Australia 26 times, missing only one match and starting on all but two occasions.
Ikitau joined the ACT Brumbies pathways program in 2016, after graduating from Brisbane Boys College. Later, he proved himself in John I Dent Cup for Tuggeranong Vikings, followed by the National Rugby Championship, where he made a difference for the Canberra side.
In 2021, under the guidance of Dan McKellar, he secured the outside centre position in the team, two years after making his Super Rugby debut in 2019. Ikitau quickly earned the reputation of being a hard-hitting defender, having quick feet and a knack for finishing tries.
Ikitau celebrated his re-signing with the Wallabies and Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies, coinciding with the birth of his first child Lennox, with his partner Sammie.
The World Cup hopeful expressed his gratitude and reaffirmed his heartfelt commitment to the Brumbies.
“I’m grateful to be able to continue playing my Rugby here in Australia,” He said.
“The Brumbies gave me an opportunity out of school when nobody else did and there’s nowhere I’d rather be at this point in my career.
“There’s a lot to look forward to over the next couple of years with the Wallabies and I’m focused on continuing to play my best so I can continue to earn those opportunities.”
Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones said: “Len has the potential to become a high-class Test centre and to have him re-sign with Australian Rugby is outstanding.”
“He’s been in great form for the Brumbies and we’ll continue to watch him closely throughout the Super Rugby season.”
Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies head coach, Stephen Larkham said: “Retaining Len was always going to be really important for us as a club and we’re really happy he’ll be staying with us for at least another couple of years.”
“Traditionally a lot of players move on after a World Cup so for us to have already secured the likes of Allan, Bobby, Frosty, the Lonergans and now Len is really pleasing and it says a lot about how those boys feel about our environment here at the Brumbies.”
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