SYDNEY – International prop Allan Alaalatoa has re-signed with the ACT Brumbies on a five year contract, Rugby Australia said Tuesday, ensuring he is available for his club side and the Wallabies for the next two world cups.
The 24-year-old tighthead and son of a former Samoan international, will remain in Canberra until the end of 2023, Rugby Australia said.
"The four-year extension for the 24-year old is just reward for an impressive season at both Vodafone Super Rugby level and for the Wallabies," the union said.
Alaalatoa joined the Brumbies at age 19, and has locked down a starting birth for Australia amid fierce competition from veteran prop Sekope Kepu.
“I was already contracted for next year but when the opportunity came up to stay until the next Rugby World Cup, I discussed it with my family and the decision was a pretty easy one," Alaalatoa said.
“There’s a great future ahead for the Wallabies. We have a young squad that’s developing each year so I’m just excited to hopefully be part of this group and what it can achieve.
“There was a bit of interest from overseas. It is always something you consider, but for me, first and foremost, was to stay with Australian Rugby and the Brumbies."
Agence France-Presse (AFP)