Phipps going nowhere

Date published: December 29 2014

Wallabies and Waratahs scrum-half Nick Phipps has signed a two-year contract extension with the ARU that will take him through until the end of the 2017 season.

The 25-year-old has played 28 Tests and played in all 14 Test matches featuring Australia during the 2014 international calendar.

Phipps maintained his starting position in all Test matches since the Wallabies’ thrilling 24-23 win over the Springboks in the 2014 Rugby Championship.

Following a three-year term at the newly launched Melbourne Rebels, Phipps returned to his home state of New South Wales in 2013 and helped guide the Waratahs to a maiden Super Rugby title in 2014, earning a Test recall.

“Representing your country is the ultimate honour. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity by the Australian Rugby Union and the Waratahs to continue my passion to wear the gold jersey,” said Phipps.

“There are some outstanding half-backs in Australian Rugby at the moment, which is fantastic for the game. We’re always challenging each other for that number nine jersey, which really drives us to succeed and helps us improve as players.

“I’m looking forward to working hard over the next few months and achieving my goal of being selected for next year’s Rugby World Cup squad.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika congratulated Phipps on his new deal.

“Nick has made a real impact in the past 12 months at a provincial and national level and he is still improving his game. 2015 will be a great opportunity for Nick and we are really happy that he has decided to play his Rugby in Australia for the 2016 and 2017 seasons,” Cheika said.

“Nick is someone who is prepared to do whatever it takes to make things happen and I am sure we will see that from him over the next three seasons.”