The Brumbies have re-signed young gun Tom Wright on a one-year extension, keeping him in the capital until at least the end of the 2021 season.
The 23-year-old outside back has had an excellent 2020 season so far, crossing the line six times in his nine appearances for the Brumbies in Super Rugby and Super Rugby AU.
It’s led to calls for him to feature in the gold jersey and new Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is reportedly a fan, although there’s likely only one winger’s jersey up for grabs with reigning John Eales medallist Marika Koroibete set to take a starting spot later in the year should Test rugby be played.
Had it not been for the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for Super Rugby’s future structure, a longer deal to keep Wright in Australian rugby long-term – potentially up until the next World Cup – may have been on the cards. However, the league convert said he has no plans to leave the 15-man code.
“I’m really happy to be staying at the Brumbies and in Canberra next season,” Wright said.
“I’ve loved every minute with the club so far and I’ve formed some special relationships with my teammates, so to know I’ll be here next season is awesome.
“Beyond next year will take care of itself, but I certainly plan to be in Canberra for a long time.”
Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson had praise for the winger but tempered his Wallabies potential.
“Tom is part of a very exciting and young group of talent and his commitment is just another sign of a bright future for Australian Rugby.
“Tom has been in terrific form for the Brumbies in the last 18 months and it certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by Wallaby selectors.
“Nothing is guaranteed around future honours, though, and Tom is fully aware he has to continue to knuckle down and work hard to earn that gold jersey.”
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar was unsurprisingly pleased to have the young winger on his squad for at least one more year.
“He’s a genuine game-changer, someone who can cut open a defence at any time and, for a young man, his communication on the field and just how he conducts himself in our environment is a real positive,” McKellar said.
“Off the field, he’s a really popular member of the squad and we hope to see him in a Brumbies jersey and even potentially Wallaby gold for years to come.”