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Qantas Wallabies forwards, Liam Gill, James Slipper and Rob Simmons have re-committed to Australian Rugby until at least the end of 2015 after re-signing for a further two years.
In re-signing for a further two years the trio, who share 73 caps between them, have also recommitted to their Super Rugby franchise the St.George Queensland Reds.
Since making his debut off the bench against England in 2010 Qantas Wallabies Prop, James Slipper has earned 37 Test caps and said he was excited by what lay ahead for the Qantas Wallabies.
“There is a Rugby World Cup in 2015 and as a player you want to be a part of that,” Slipper said.
“I think it all starts with the Bledisloe and then two years of some big games coming up.
“I think the end-goal for any Australian Rugby player is to become the best team in the world and I feel like we’ve got the players to do that.”
While still relatively new to the international scene, Flanker Liam Gill has received 10 Test caps since making his debut against the All Blacks in 2012.
The 21-year old, who collected an additional two Test caps against the British & Irish Lions in the first two Tests of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour Test Series said he was determined on remaining in Australia.
“I’ve very excited and relieved that I’ve got the chance to stay in Queensland,” Gill said.
“I didn’t negotiate anywhere else because this is the place I want to be, so I’m glad to say that I’m signed on for another two years.
“We’ve also got a great bunch of blokes here and I get along with them both on and off the field.
“The Rugby World Cup in 2015 is a long-term goal but that is a long way down the track and anything could happen.
“I’m certainly excited to be playing in Australia and for Queensland and if I’m lucky enough to fall under the Wallaby category, I can’t wait for it.”
After adding three Test caps to his name to take his tally to 26 since debuting against the Springboks in Brisbane in 2010, Lock Rob Simmons said his decision to re-sign was due to a desire to play more Rugby with the Qantas Wallabies.
“Staying in Queensland is what I always wanted to do and I’ve got some big aspirations here but also for the Wallabies,” Simmons said.
“At the moment I’m just concentrating on improving myself as a player and then hopefully the Qantas Wallabies stuff will look after itself.
“It has been an honour to represent my country and I’ll keep working hard to put myself in the best possible spot to do that in the future.”
The re-signing of Slipper, Gill and Simmons brings to a total of 16 players to have re-committed to Australian Rugby this year.
The Queensland trios State and National captain James Horwill has also re-signed through to the end of the 2015 season.
Other players to re-sign this year include:
Nick Phipps, Sekope Kepu, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Scott Higginbotham, Luke Burgess, Pat McCabe, Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander.
Wallaby No#: 843
Super Rugby Team: Queensland Reds 2010-
Representative Honours: Australian Under-20s 2009, Australian Barbarians 2010, Australian Wallabies 2010-
Senior Tours: Hong Kong & Europe 2010, RWC (New Zealand) 2011, England & Wales 2011, Europe 2012
2010 v England, Perth
Wallaby No#: 861
Super Rugby Team: Queensland Reds 2011-
Representative Honours: Australian Schools 2009, Australian Sevens 2009/10, Australian Under-20s 2010, Australian Wallabies 2012-
Senior Tours: Europe 2012
2012 v New Zealand, Auckland
Wallaby No#: 844
Super Rugby Team: Queensland Reds 2009-
Representative Honours: Australian Schools 2006, Australian Under-19s 2007, Australian Under-20s 2008, Australian Barbarians 2010, Australian Wallabies 2010-
Senior Tours: Italy & France 2010, RWC (New Zealand) 2011, England & Wales 2011, Europe 2012
2010 v South Africa, Brisbane
* Test appearance statistics to 16/7/13