03 Mar Sio staying with Brumbies for another three years
One of the emerging stars of Australian Rugby, Scott Sio, has today re-signed with the Brumbies on a new three-year deal.
The 24-year old, who made his Super rugby debut with the Brumbies in 2012 has developed into one of the best loosehead props in the world.
The Australian U20 and Australian Schoolboy representative has now racked up 51 Super Rugby caps for the Brumbies and 16 international caps for the Wallabies, including the 2015 Rugby World Cup final against the All Blacks.
One of the most impressive young props in Australian Rugby, Sio crashed through for his Test debut in just his first full season of professional Rugby.
Debuting in Super Rugby for the Brumbies in 2012, within 12 months the son of former Samoan Test prop Tevita ‘David’ Sio had played in a Super Rugby Final and had made his Wallabies debut in the biggest cauldron of all, the Bledisloe Cup.
In a remarkable rise to the highest level of the game, Sio’s Test debut came at the tender of age of just 21. Since that time he has proven himself as one of Australia’s most talented set-piece props and is leading the charge in the new breed of front rowers in the Wallabies squad.
Sio said: “I couldn’t be happier to be staying with the Brumbies. Since I first moved here from Sydney, I’ve always felt like the culture and the playing group was something special.
“Our front row is incredibly competitive and supportive and we pride ourselves on our performance as a group every week.”
Sio’s announcement comes just two days after fellow Brumbies prop and childhood friend Allan Alaalatoa also recommitted to the Brumbies on a new three-year deal.
“Knowing that Allan and I be working together trying to improve each other’s game until the end of 2019 is fantastic, I look forward to what the future holds,” Sio said.
Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said he was very pleased with Sio’s decision to sign with the ACT franchise on a new three-year deal.
“There’s no doubt that Scott is one of the best young props in the game right now,” Larkham said.
“He proved at the recent World Cup, and over his first 50 games with the Brumbies that he is a world-class player who we wanted to keep for the future.
“He’s only 24, so he has a lot of rugby in front of him, and we are very happy that he is staying with the Brumbies for the next three years.”
Brumbies Chief Executive Michael Jones said its great news for Brumbies fans to have two young props signing on with the club for the lead up to the 2019 World Cup.
“Scott was very clear that his intention is to play a key role with both the Brumbies and Wallabies over the next few years,” Jones said.
“The ARU has been very helpful throughout our negotiations with Scott and understand how valuable he is for both the Wallabies and Brumbies.
“At just 24, he has a huge future in the game and I think Brumbies fans will be very pleased that he has chosen to stay with the club.
“Along with Allan Alaalatoa and a number of young props in our program, we have one of the most formidable front rows in Super Rugby and one that hopefully helps us to bring home the title.”
Sio will start his first match of the 2016 season against the NSW Waratahs tomorrow night at GIO Stadium.