Brumbies prop Scott Sio has extended his contract with the team for another three years.
The 24-year old, who made his Super Rugby debut with the Canberra franchise in 2012, has 51 caps to his name and is also a Test player, with 16 caps for the Wallabies since his international debut during a 2013 Bledisloe Cup match.
The loosehead came through the junior ranks, having represented Australia at U20 and Schoolboy level and had an impressive step into the senior arena; playing in a Super Rugby final in his first 12 months.
The son of former Samoan Test prop Tevita ‘David’ Sio was also included in Australia's 2015 Rugby World Cup squad and featured in the final against the cup-winning All Blacks.
“I couldn’t be happier to be staying with the Brumbies. Since I first moved here from Sydney, I’ve always felt like the culture and the playing group was something special," Sio said.
“Our front row is incredibly competitive and supportive and we pride ourselves on our performance as a group every week.”
Brumbies prop Allan Alaalatoa also resigned with the Brumbies for three years.
“Knowing that Allan and I be working together trying to improve each other’s game until the end of 2019 is fantastic, I look forward to what the future holds,” Sio said.
Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham also expressed his joy with the front-rower's new three-year deal.
“There’s no doubt that Scott is one of the best young props in the game right now,” Larkham said.
“He proved at the recent World Cup, and over his first 50 games with the Brumbies that he is a world-class player who we wanted to keep for the future.
“He’s only 24, so he has a lot of rugby in front of him, and we are very happy that he is staying with the Brumbies for the next three years.”
Brumbies Chief Executive Michael Jones was also excited about the Brumbies' front row prospects ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
“Scott was very clear that his intention is to play a key role with both the Brumbies and Wallabies over the next few years,” Jones said.
“The ARU has been very helpful throughout our negotiations with Scott and understand how valuable he is for both the Wallabies and Brumbies.
“At just 24, he has a huge future in the game and I think Brumbies fans will be very pleased that he has chosen to stay with the club.
“Along with Allan Alaalatoa and a number of young props in our program, we have one of the most formidable front rows in Super Rugby and one that hopefully helps us to bring home the title.”