Valetini signs on through to 2021

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by Beth Newman

Rookie forward Rob Valetini has re-signed with the Brumbies and Rugby Australia through to 2021.

The Melbourne-born backrower moved to the Brumbies straight out of school and immediately made an impact but injuries have hampered his Super Rugby career to this point.

Repeated knee injuries cruelled his 2017 and 2018 seasons, but he showed promise in the back end of the Super Rugby season and in his appearances for the Vikings in the NRC.

The no. 6 has been impressive in his outings so far in 2019 as well, competing for spots in an ultra-competitive backrow at the Brumbies.

Valetini is clearly still highly rated in the national setup, despite his limited outings, included as a development player in last year's Spring Tour.

The 20-year-old said there was little mulling over the decision to ink a new deal, following fellow Brumbies Allan Alaalatoa and Tom Banks in re-signing. 

Rob Valetini has shot into the spotlight in the 2017 NRC. Photot: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"It was an easy decision for me in the end as I have loved every minute of my time here at the club," he said.

"I feel like I am learning every day off a fantastic group of players and our coaching staff.

Valetini said a World Cup berth was certainly in the back of his mind but that's still a long way away for the youngster.

“The World Cup is definitely a goal for me and I would love to be part of that group in Japan after getting a small taste last year but right now I’m just trying to build some momentum and play some good footy for the Brumbies.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he saw plenty of potential in Valetini.

 “This guy is going to be a good player. He’s young, assertive in his game and he is a genuine footballer," he said.

“He’s had a solid start to the Super Rugby season and he’s got a clear plan as to what he should build on to become a Wallaby – it’s going to be good viewing watching his journey, I am sure of that.” 

Valetini will feature in Friday night's derby against the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium.

The Brumbies host the Waratahs at GIO Stadium on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.