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Sport Salakaia-Loto re-signs with Rugby's Reds

10:05  15 november  2019
10:05  15 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Wallabies forward Lukhan Salakaia - Loto has re - signed with Rugby Australia and Queensland Reds until the end of 2022. The 23-year-old put pen to paper fresh off his Rugby World Cup campaign with Australia in Japan, where he played in all five matches for the Wallabies. Salakaia - Loto also had a strong Super Rugby season for the Reds and finished third in the voting for the Pilecki Medal, Queensland' s best and fairest. "I'm very happy for my family and I to be staying here in Queensland for the next couple of years," Salakaia - Loto said.

Salakaia - Loto made an immediate impact on his new code, so much so that he was selected to represent Australia U20 s at both the 2015 and 2016 World Rugby U20 s Championships. A breakout season for the Queensland Reds in 2017 - where he was a preferred lock selection ahead of Wallabies Rob Simmons and Kane Douglas - was crowned when he played his maiden Test against South Africa at Bloemfontein. In 2018, Salakaia - Loto was capped in the opening seven Tests of the year before he made the decision to withdraw from Wallabies duty in order to care for his mother and siblings

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto © Getty Images Lukhan Salakaia-Loto Wallabies forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has re-signed with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds until the end of 2022.

The 23-year-old put pen to paper fresh off his Rugby World Cup campaign with Australia in Japan, where he played in all five matches for the Wallabies.

The versatile forward played 11 of his 21 careers Tests in 2019 and scored two tries in the green and gold.

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Salakaia-Loto also had a strong Super Rugby season for the Reds and finished third in the voting for the Pilecki Medal, Queensland's best and fairest.

"I'm very happy for my family and I to be staying here in Queensland for the next couple of years," Salakaia-Loto said.

"What we've got building at the Reds is exciting and I'm very fortunate to be a part of what's to come in the near future."

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: "It's good to see Lukhan Salakaia-Loto commit to Queensland for another three seasons.

"Lukhan's come through with Queensland U20s and NRC and gone on to play for his state and country."

Salakaia-Loto becomes the 13th player to re-commit with Queensland on a long-term deal.

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