Alaalatoa staying with Brumbies until 2019

Date published: March 1 2016

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The Brumbies have re-signed one of Australia's top young talents with prop Allan Alaalatoa recommitting to the club until at least the end of 2019.

The new deal will keep the 22-year old with the side he made his Super Rugby debut for in the 2014 semi-final thriller against the Chiefs at GIO Stadium.

It will also see the junior Australian representative stay with the Brumbies until at least the next Rugby World Cup.

Alaalatoa said: "I made my debut here a few years ago and I’m really happy to have re-signed for another three years."

"This club means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to the next three years with the Brumbies."

Alaalatoa said the competition for spots in the Brumbies front row would help him raise his game over the coming years.

"I think with the talented group of players we have at the moment we’re only going push each other to become the best we could be."

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham said he was very pleased Alaalatoa has recommitted to the club.

"Allan is a fantastic young player who has been with the club for two years now and has developed his game to a world-class standard," Larkham said.

"He has huge potential, and will play a key role in our push for the Super Rugby title over the coming years."

Alaalatoa was one of Australia's standout players at the 2014 Junior World Cup in New Zealand before making his Super Rugby debut.

Now with 14 Super Rugby caps to his name, including last week's match against the Hurricanes, the Newington College (Sydney) product has made a name for himself as one of the competition’s toughest scrummagers.

Along with his childhood friend and Brumbies teammate, Scott Sio, Alaalatoa’s father represented Samoa at the 1991 World Cup. Allan's brother Michael is currently signed to New Zealand Super Rugby side the Crusaders.

Alaalatoa was named the UC Vikings Best Forward following a standout National Rugby Championship in 2015 where he barged his way over for two tries and helped the side dominant scrums throughout the competition.

Brumbies chief executive Michael Jones said: "We are very pleased to see a player of his quality staying with the Brumbies for another three years and I think the fans will be equally pleased."

"The ARU has identified Allan as a key prospect for the future for the Wallabies and have provided fantastic support throughout our discussions with Allan regarding his future.

"Allan's form over the pre-season saw him named in our starting side against the Hurricanes last week, and his decision to stay with this side and continue to develop his game is great news for us.

"He has become a key player in our match day squad and I’m sure we will see much more of him in Brumbies colours over the coming years."

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