Game-breaking Brumbies winger Tom Wright has re-signed with the club for a further two seasons, extending his stay in the Capital until at least the end of the 2023 season.
A gifted schoolboy talent, the 23-year-old tried his hand in rugby league with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles before signing with the Brumbies before the 2019 Super Rugby season.
“There was a bit of a teething period,” Wright said, “but the coaching staff here are incredible in their approach in trying to get me to up my scratch with a few tweaks to my game.”
Since debuting against the Chiefs in Canberra back in 2019 Wright has scored 16 tries in his 35 appearances for the Brumbies. He made his Wallabies debut last year against the All-Blacks where he crossed over for a try with his first touch of the pill.
Wright said there’s “no place I’d rather be than at the Brumbies” at this point in his career.
“The culture here amongst all the group is incredible; we’ve got some amazing leaders here,” he said.
“it’s almost unspoken, without talking about it all the time … that we all want to be here together and succeed.
“I think it will be five years up by the end of this deal and I’m hopefully still enjoying my time as much as I am now.”
After being deployed as a utility in his first season Wright found his home on the wing in 2020.
The dynamic, fleet-footed footballer said he’s happy playing on the edge for the time being but feels he could cover most positions in the backline if required.
“I’m really enjoying my time getting to rove around the field,” he said, “but I feel like I’ve got the skillset to adapt to whatever position.”
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar described Wright as a “genuine match-winner” who still has a lot of improvement in him.
“His leadership and energy around the group has been evident ever since he joined the Brumbies and I’ve got no doubt he’ll continue to grow and be a pillar for the club’s success moving forward.”
Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie said Wright is an exciting prospect for the Wallabies as they move toward the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“He’s a mature young man who has pace, a good skill set and a real willingness to keep getting better which is exciting for the Wallabies moving forward.”
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