Taniela Tupou signs new 4-year deal with Rugby Australia

August 12, 2019

SYDNEY (AP) — Promising young prop Taniela Tupou has signed a new four-year deal with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds which will lock him in through the 2023 World Cup.

Tupou, who joined the Reds out of high school and played his first test at the age of 21, has since played 14 tests for the Wallabies, scoring two tries.

The 23-year-old Tupou, dubbed the “Tongan Thor,” said the foundations had been laid in Australia for his international career.

“Queensland and Australia offered me the first opportunity out of school and I feel I have more to do to repay that faith,” he said. “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.”


More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports