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Winger Lachie Turner will join the St.George Queensland Reds for the 2014 Super Rugby season.
The 15-cap Wallaby, who has made 71 Super Rugby appearances, inked his Reds contract earlier today.
“After talking with Richard Graham one of the big attractions in signing with the Reds was the role he saw for me in helping Queensland reach its goal of winning another Super Rugby title. With the talent that the Reds already have and the strength of rugby in Queensland, it's not a matter of ‘if’ this happens but ‘when’ and it’s something I want to be part of.
“The move north will provide some exciting opportunities for me that I hope will add to my game and help me add value to the Reds,” Turner said.
Head Coach Richard Graham said: “Lachie is a very good addition for the Reds and provides balance to our squad list. At 26-years-old, he has significant Super Rugby and International experience. He’ll add quality to our outside backs and his speed is clearly an asset.”
Turner, who has signed a two-year deal with the Reds, attended school at Newington College in Sydney’s inner-west. He played his junior Rugby for the Epping Rams before becoming an Australian Schoolboys representative in 2005.
He made a strong start to his professional Rugby career in 2006, his first year out of school, becoming the inaugural recipient of the Chris Whitaker award for the most outstanding player in the Waratah’s Academy.
He then made his Super Rugby debut in 2007, followed by a starting debut for Australia A against Tonga where he scored three tries and was nominated Man-of-the-Match.
The following year in 2008, Turner made his Wallabies debut at Suncorp Stadium against France.
Turner has gone on to represent Australia on 15 occasions scoring 4 tries, and has scored 25 tries across his 71 Super Rugby games.
He confirmed his standing as one of the fastest men in football in September 2010 by winning an invitational event at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre against other sportsmen from a variety of professional sporting codes in Australia. Turner won the 100 metres race in a time of 11.10 seconds.
Date Of Birth: 11/05/1987
Place of Birth: Sydney NSW
Senior Club: Eastwood
Provincial Rugby Caps: 77 (NSW)
Provincial Rugby Points:138 (25t, 2c, 3p)
Provincial Rugby Debut: 2006 v Reds
Super Rugby Caps: 71
Super Rugby Points: 125 (25t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2007 v Stormers
Test Rugby Caps: 15
Test Rugby Points: 20 (4t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2008 v France
The Western Force return to NIB Stadium for the second time this season and the Honey Badger wants sea of blue fans to “get your carcass on the chair”! In 2014 the Force had a slow start to the season, before finishing off strongly, and they will be hoping for a repeat after winning just one of their opening four matches this season!
The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!