Swain extends contract with Australian Rugby to 2024

Sun, Mar 13, 2022, 7:00 PM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Darcy Swain competes at a lineout for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images
Darcy Swain competes at a lineout for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

MARCH 14, 2022 Rugby Australia and the Brumbies are delighted to announce towering lock Darcy Swain has re-signed until the end of 2024.

Swain is the latest of a number of key national talents who have committed to Australian Rugby until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

The 24-year-old had a standout season for his Canberra-based Harvey Norman Super Rugby side last year before going onto be selected by Dave Rennie in the 2021 Wallabies squad.

Born in Babinda in Far North Queensland, Swain impressed the national selectors in Wallabies camp and earned his international debut against Les Bleus in the opening match of the three-Test series at Suncorp Stadium.

Such was his impact in the victorious July series, Swain was responsible for bringing down a French maul after the 80-minute mark that sealed a two-point win in the deciding Test.

Known for using his 200cm, 113kg frame to good effect at the set-piece, Swain featured in 10 out of a possible 14 Tests in his first International season.

Wallabies and Brumbies lock, Darcy Swain said: “I’m really grateful to be given the opportunity to extend for another two years at the Brumbies and with Rugby Australia.”

“I’ve loved Canberra since moving down with Vikings at the end of 2015, it’s where I call home now and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“I’m excited about what we can do this year and what we’re building at the Brumbies on and off the field with a great mix of blokes who I genuinely love being around.

“Getting the opportunity to wear the Wallabies jersey was a huge testimony to the program at the Brumbies, and after getting that taste last year I’m extremely motivated to keep growing as a player and earning more opportunities to represent my country.”

Wallabies coach, Dave Rennie said: “Darcy made a strong impression in his debut Wallabies season.”

“His work ethic and diligence are a point of difference, highlighted by his desire to develop his game on both sides of the ball.

“For a Test newcomer his willingness to take on lineout responsibility saw him quickly become an important member of the mob.”

Brumbies head coach, Dan McKellar said: “It’s fantastic for the Brumbies to have Darcy locked in.”

“We’ve watched him grow since he joined our academy out of school, and from early on it was clear that if he worked hard and was allowed time to develop that he had the potential to be a very good Super Rugby player and he’s certainly earned his spot in our environment and now at the Wallaby level.

“What’s exciting is that he’s still got plenty of room to get better as a player and as a leader and he’ll continue to be an important player for the Brumbies for many years to come.”

Darcy Swain

Position: Lock

Height: 200cm

Weight: 113kg

Born: 5 July 1997

Place of birth: Babinda, Queensland

Super Rugby debut: 2018 v Jaguares, Canberra

Super Rugby caps: 39 (Brumbies)

Test debut: 2021 v France, Brisbane

Test caps: 10