Lukhan Tui pens new Reds deal
Brisbane - Reds lock Lukhan Tui has put pen to paper on a deal that
will see him stay at the Brisbane-based outfit until the end of 2020.
Tui is one of Australia's most promising locks and his
stellar performance for the Wallabies against the All Blacks in last year's
Brisbane Bledisloe Test was just a taste of the 21-year-old's capabilities.
He joined the Reds in late 2015 and has progressed through
the ranks at Ballymore, first representing the Queensland U20s in 2016, before
making his Super Rugby debut in the same year. He established himself as a
regular in the Reds’ line-up last year and went on to make his Wallabies debut.
"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," Tui told
Rugby Australia's official website.
"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."
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika said it was particularly
encouraging to see a player of Tui's potential commit to Australian rugby long
"Lukhan is a very exciting young player and has worked
extremely hard to establish himself firstly with the Reds and now the
Wallabies," Cheika said.
"We are continuing to build depth in the second row
around the country and Lukhan knows he has to keep knuckling down to improve
"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."
Queensland have also secured the services of promising lock
Angus Blyth until the end of 2020.
Blyth has risen through the Queensland U20s and Queensland
Country ranks alongside recent debutant Harry Hockings and his 204cm, 115kg
frame is a valuable addition to coach Brad Thorn's lock stocks.