ROB VALETINI SIGNS TWO YEAR EXTENSION UNTIL END OF 2021

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 Vodafone 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,” Valetini said.

Qantas 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.” Cheika said.

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

Position: Backrower
DOB: 3/9/1998
Birthplace: Melbourne, VIC
Height: 193cm
Weight: 113kg
Super Rugby Debut: 2018 v Sunwolves (Tokyo)
Super Rugby Caps: 6
Super Rugby Points: 10 (2T)