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Rugby Australia capture signature of promising young loose forward

Emerging backrower Rob Valetini has inked a new two-year extension to re-sign with Rugby Australia and the Brumbies until the end of 2021.

The 20-year old has been on the national radar since he burst onto the scene in 2016 when he became just the second Australian forward to sign a full Super Rugby contract while still at school.

The Brumbies star has enjoyed a bright start to the 2019 Super Rugby season after earning selection on the 2018 spring tour as a development player.

Rob Valetini said: “I am very pleased to have extended my contract at the Brumbies for a further two seasons.

“It was an easy decision for me in the end as I have loved every minute of my time here at the club. I feel like I am learning every day off a fantastic group of players and our coaching staff.

“The World Cup is definitely a goal for me and I would love to be part of that group in Japan after getting a small taste last year but right now I’m just trying to build some momentum and play some good footy for the Brumbies.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “This guy is going to be a good player. He’s young, assertive in his game and he is a genuine footballer.

“He’s had a solid start to the Super Rugby season and he’s got a clear plan as to what he should build on to become a Wallaby – it’s going to be good viewing watching his journey, I am sure of that.”

Valetini will start at blindside flanker for the Brumbies in Friday’s clash with the Waratahs at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Dan McKellar pre-match press conference vs Waratahs:

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Rugby Australia capture signature of promising young loose forward