Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano has agreed to stay with the Brumbies for another two seasons.
The new deal will see Lealiifano remain with the Brumbies, the club he has played his entire Super Rugby career with, until at least the end of 2018.
The 28-year-old is currently the second highest point scorer in Brumbies history with 635 points to his name. He has played 101 matches for the Brumbies, making him the eighth most-capped player in the club’s history.
The Brumbies and Wallabies playmaker made his debut for the Brumbies in 2008 against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Lealiifano first arrived in Canberra from Melbourne as a fresh-faced Australian Schools, Sevens and U21s representative, bursting with potential.
Lealiifano debuted for the Wallabies in 2013 against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane, before going on to feature in the Rugby Championship and November tour that same year.
“The Brumbies have shown a lot of faith in me over the last nine years and I’m pleased we have been able to sort everything out so I can stay,” Lealiifano said.
“By 2018 I will have been in Canberra for 12 years, so this is very much home for me. Working with Stephen Larkham I feel like my game has improved, so to have two more years to work with this coaching staff and the rest of the playing group is very exciting.
“This year we have a great team and I’m really looking forward to 2016 being a memorable year for the club, starting with our trial matches and round one hit-out against the Hurricanes."
Head Coach Stephen Larkham says he is very happy to have one Lealiifano on board for another two seasons.
“Christian is a leader for this playing group on and off the field,” Larkham said.
“He will go down as one of finest players to have ever represented the Brumbies for many reasons, and we are very happy that he has agreed to stay until at least 2018.”
Brumbies Chief Executive Michael Jones says he is excited Lealiifano has agreed to remain in Canberra.
“Christian’s made his mark on this community in many ways,” Jones said.
“He is always one of the last players off the field after home games because he takes the time to pose for photos with fans and sign autographs.
“Off the field, he regularly gives his time to support community and charity events and is quite often the first player in the squad to congratulate a teammate for their own achievements.”