Tui signs for one more year

Super Rugby
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by Beth Newman

Japanese international Hendrik Tui has extended his Queensland reds contract until the end of 2017.

Tui, who played for the Brave Blossoms in last year's Rugby World Cup, has been one of the Reds' best this season, leading all other loose forwards for the most carries in the competition.

The barnstorming number six has also beaten 28 defenders and proven to be one of the greatest attacking threats for the Reds, along with inside centre Samu Kerevi.

A broken leg ahead of the 2015 season prevented Tui from playing more than a bit part in his debut season at Ballymore.

He has had no such problems this season, playing in the World Cup and Japanese Top League before returning to the Reds and making his impact felt from the get go.

The backrower said he was pleased to have been able to show his teammates and coaches his potential.

"I was disappointed not to be able to contribute as much as I wanted to in my first season with the Reds, so this year has been a rewarding experience, being able to prove to myself and my teammates that I can contribute at this level.

"I came back to Ballymore this year with a goal of playing regular Super Rugby and I'm pleased I've been able to do that. 

"I see my future at the Reds. I've loved my time here so far and I want to keep working hard and contributing to the Reds."

Reds general manager Daniel Herbert said Tui would play a crucial role in the team's plans for 2017.

“We knew Hendrik had a lot to offer at this level and he has arguably been the standout for the Reds so far this season," he said.

"Our 2017 player list is coming together very well and Hendrik will be an important part of that group.”