Folau Fainga'a re-signs until end of 2022

· International
by Rugby Australia

Qantas Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga’a has put pen to paper on a contract extension to see him remain with the Brumbies and Rugby Australia until the end of 2022.

The 24-year old enjoyed a breakout year in 2019 after finishing the Super Rugby season as the Brumbies top try-scorer with 12 five-pointers, just three tries behind competition leader Sevu Reece.

Fainga’a only made his Super Rugby debut last year but he quickly impressed national selectors to earn his first Test cap just five months later against New Zealand at Eden Park.

Qantas Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga’a said: “I am very happy to have been able to sign an early extension to my contract and am looking forward to achieving my rugby goals with both the Brumbies and the Wallabies,” Fainga’a commented.

“It’s great to have my immediate future sorted early and I am aiming to build on a personally successful 2019 season which went well for me.

“I love the culture and the environment at the Brumbies and am confident that we have a quality group of players here who can be very successful,” Fainga’a said.

It’s been a rapid rise for Fainga’a who was working as a concreter just two years ago and now has 12 Test caps to his name, in what’s a hotly contested hooking position.

Fainga’a will return to training next month ahead of the 2020 Vodafone Super Rugby season with the Brumbies kicking off against Queensland Reds on Friday January 31 at GIO Stadium.

Folau Fainga’a

Position: Hooker

Height: 178cm

Weight: 106kg

Born: 05/05/1995

Super Rugby debut: 2018 v Rebels, Melbourne

Super Rugby caps: 30

Super Rugby points: 75 (15T)

Test debut: 2018 v New Zealand, Auckland

Test caps: 12