The Western Force have shored up their hooker options for 2018, re-signing promising Anaru Rangi for two more seasons.
Rangi made his Super Rugby debut in round ten last year against the Bulls and has gone on to earn a total of eight caps for the Perth based side.
He’s featured in three matches so far in 2017, and says he’s learned a lot working with Wallabies hooker Tatafu Poloata-Nau and club veteran Heath Tessmann.
“This year has been a big learning curve, just figuring out what it means to be a professional rugby player, the discipline and the dedication mainly,” Rangi said.
“Now that I have that under my belt it’s prepared me well for the next two seasons.
“There is a lot of competition with guys that have played a lot of Super Rugby but I like to think that it drives me to be better and I have learnt a lot off those guys.”
The 28-year-old received a glowing endorsement from Western Force forwards coach Joe Barakat.
“Anaru is tough as nails and uncompromising in everything that he does,” he said.
“He lifts the intensity when he’s on the pitch, there are no prisoners in the game that he plays.
“He brings a fantastic mentality to his game, and he just doesn’t like finishing second and having that in your team is crucial.”