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RISING STAR LUKHAN TUI RE-COMMITS TO AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNTIL THE END OF 2020
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Qantas Wallabies lock Lukhan Tui has committed his future to Australian Rugby re-signing with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds until the end of 2020.
The four-Test forward enjoyed a breakout year in 2017 after making his international debut in the 27-all draw with South Africa in Bloemfontein.
The 21-year old then went on to establish himself as a Test regular, including an impressive display off the bench against New Zealand in Brisbane in the third Bledisloe Cup clash.
Qantas Wallabies lock Lukhan Tui said: “I’m really excited for what we’re building here at the Reds but also the Wallabies and I just want to be part of that.
“It was great to get my first taste of Test footy last year but it just makes me want to play more games for Australia,” Tui said.
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “Lukhan is a very exciting young player and has worked extremely hard to establish himself firstly with the Reds and now the Wallabies.
“We are continuing to build depth in the second row around the country and Lukhan knows he has to keep knuckling down to improve his game.
“It’s great to see our young lads commit to long-term deals and show how much they want to contribute to rugby in this country,” Cheika said.
Tui originally played rugby league as a junior before finding his home in the 15-man game for Randwick in Sydney’s Shute Shield and then earned selection for the Australian Under 20s in 2015.
Earmarked as one of the most promising forwards in the game, Tui joined the Queensland Reds at the end of 2015 and didn’t have to wait long before his Super Rugby debut.
Super Rugby debut: 2016 v Bulls, Loftus Versfeld
Super Rugby points: 10 (2T)
Test debut: 2017 v South Africa, Bloemfontein