Sydney - Wing Marika Koroibete became the latest Wallaby to
commit his future to Australian rugby on Thursday in a new deal that will take him
through to at least the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan.
The 26-year-old former rugby league star has become a mainstay
of the Australian team with his aggressive style in attack and defence,
notching five tries from his 14 caps so far.
"It's really good to sign for one more year with the
Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia. I'm already looking forward to it as I'm
really loving my rugby at the moment," he said.
"It's a massive year next year. We have a couple of new
signings and I really want to do well at the Rebels and try to play consistent
"Then hopefully go from there, get picked for the World
Cup. It really would be a dream come true."
Koroibete's decision to stay in Australia follows a similar
move by young lock Izack Rodda on Wednesday, who signed a new two-year deal
with the Reds.
The experienced Matt Toomua has also opted to return to the
Rebels next season from English club Leicester, as the Wallabies World Cup
squad begins to take shape.
Australians based abroad are generally unable to represent
their country, although the rules were relaxed in 2015 for senior players.
Those who have pulled on a Wallabies jersey more than 60
times and have held a professional contract with Australian rugby for at least
seven years can now play abroad and for the national team.