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Australian Rugby secure ‘Tongan Thor’

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Australia have secure the service of Reds prop Taniela Tupou on a new four year deal that will run until 2023 World Cup in France.

The 23-year old joined the Reds in 2014 and quickly become a force in the front row not just for the Reds but also for the Wallabies.

He earned his first test cap in 2017 against Scotland.

Qantas Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou said: “I’m very excited to sign for the next few years. Queensland and Australia offered me the first opportunity out of school and I feel I have more to do to repay that faith,” said Tupou.

“I only started playing consistently in the last two or three years, so I think there’s still more for me to offer in Australia for the Reds and Wallabies.

“We have a really good young group in Queensland who have been working hard the last few years and I know we’re heading in the right direction.

“I love playing for Australia. Obviously growing up as a kid, watching them, and now being able to pull on the jersey is an honour. To know that I will be here for the next four years is exciting because it means I may have the opportunity to pull on the jersey again if I continue to work hard,” Tupou said.

Tupou grew up in Tonga but moved to Auckland to join Sacred Heart College on a scholarship in 2011 after touring New Zealand with a Tongan U14 side.

The tighthead prop has already notched 14 Tests caps and two tries.

Taniela Tupou
Position: Prop
Height: 175cm
Weight: 128kg
Born: 10/05/1996
Place of birth: Vaini, Tonga
Representative Honours: Tonga U14 (2009-2010), Auckland U16 (2011-2012), NZ Marist U18 (2013), Pacific Barbarians (2014), Queensland Country NRC (2015-), Queensland U20s (2016), Queensland (2016-), Barbarians (2017), Australian Wallabies (2017-)
Super Rugby debut: 2016 v Brumbies, Canberra (Queensland)
Super Rugby caps: 46 (Queensland)
Test debut: 2017 v Scotland, Murrayfield
Test caps: 14
Test points: 10 (2T)

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