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Wallabies centurion James Slipper eyes fourth World Cup after contract extension

By Alex McLeod
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Wallabies centurion James Slipper is eyeing a fourth World Cup appearance after signing a one-year contract extension with Rugby Australia [RA] and the Brumbies.

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It was confirmed on Tuesday that the 32-year-old prop has inked a fresh deal with his current employers that will see him stay in Australia through until the end of next year’s World Cup in France.

After having already attended the last three editions of rugby’s global showpiece event, Slipper said achieving success with the Wallabies at the 2023 tournament was the driving force behind his decision to re-sign with RA and the Brumbies.

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“I’m really happy to have re-signed with Rugby Australia and the Brumbies until the end of next year,” the 114-test veteran, who can play on either side of the scrum, said via a statement.

“I have a strong desire to be part of a successful 2023 World Cup campaign with the Wallabies and I believe playing my rugby here in Australia will give me the best chance to do that.

“I’d like to thank the Brumbies for giving me that opportunity and I’m excited to pull on the jersey again in the new Super Rugby Pacific competition.”

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie labelled Slipper as one of the sport’s leading front rowers and said he is excited to have retained his services for another year.

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“James is a top man and massively respected member of our mob and we’re thrilled he’s re-committed to Australian rugby,” Rennie said.

“There’s no doubt he’s one of the leading props in world rugby with his rare ability to start a test match on both sides of the scrum.

“Despite playing more than 100 tests and nearly 150 Super Rugby games, he’s constantly looking to improve and he’s a got a real hunger to be successful and create a path for others to follow.”

Outgoing Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar added that Slipper’s leadership and mental fortitude will continue to be of great value to the Canberra-based Super Rugby Pacific franchise.

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“We’re pleased to have Slips stay on with us for another year,” McKellar said.

“His leadership and presence in the group has been evident since his first day at HQ.

“Slips is an incredibly tough and resilient player and person, and he’ll continue to play a big role for the Brumbies in the next couple of seasons.”

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