17 Mar Tevita Kuridrani re-signs with Aquis Brumbies
Aquis Brumbies and Wallabies outside centre Tevita Kuridrani will remain in Canberra and Australian rugby for the next two years having re-signing on Tuesday morning.
On the cusp of 50 caps, Kuridrani has developed into Australia’s premier outside centre after arriving at the Brumbies back in 2012. A dual international at U20s level, Kuridrani’s Fijian influence continues to shine through and he is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest players to bring down when in full flight.
Not just a one-trick pony, Kuridrani’s defence is also a major asset to Australian rugby. There are few players which can get GIO Stadium on its feet quicker than a flying Kuridrani smashing his opposite number behind the advantage line.
“I’m really pleased to have my future sorted with both the Brumbies and Australian rugby for the next couple of seasons,” Kuridrani said.
“I think I’ve been able to improve with every season I’ve spent here in Canberra and I’m hoping to show the same growth in my game over the next two years.
“When I arrived in Canberra I was still pretty fresh on the pro-rugby scene. I can’t fault the program here or the friendships I’ve made with the boys. I’m a proud Brumby and a proud Wallaby and it’s nice to think I can continue with both those teams moving forward.
“For me to be able to get on with the job takes a weight off my mind and I can now focus on the Waratahs and getting a win this Sunday in Sydney.”
Now on 48 Brumbies caps and 20 Wallabies appearances, Kuridrani’s shift from the Queensland Reds Academy at the tail end of 2011 signaled a new era for outside backs in the ACT. He had an almost immediate impact, debuting against Queensland in Brisbane during the side’s narrow loss in 2012 and went on to tag-team Andrew Smith in the outside centre jersey for the rest of the season.
For a young man, still only 23, Kuridrani has managed to pack a huge amount of rugby into his short career. He has played in two Super Rugby Finals campaigns, travelled on two Spring Tours, Rugby Championships and through two Bledisloe Cups.
Kuridrani will feature at 13 this Sunday when the Aquis Brumbies take on the Waratahs in Sydney.
H/W: 192cm, 102kg
DOB: 31/3/1991, Fiji
Senior Club: Queanbeyan Whites, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 48
Super Rugby Points: 55
Super Rugby Debut: 2012 v Reds, Brisbane
Test Rugby Points: 20
Test Rugby Tries: 4
Test Rugby Debut: 2013 v New Zealand, Sydney
Test Rugby Caps: 20