Rising hooker Lachlan Lonergan steps up to Brumbies' senior squad

Super Rugby
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Junior Wallabies hooker Lachlan Lonergan has been added to the Brumbies' senior squad after signing a two-year deal with the ACT franchise.

Lonergan, who was a key member of the Australian under 20 side who beat the Junior All Blacks and made the final against France in Argentina, is a local junior and has made the final step to the top grade after progressing through the ACT pathways system.

Lonergan joins his brother Ryan in the Brumbies squad, along with fellow junior Wallabies Nick Frost and Noah Lolesio.

“Lachie has been in the pathway system for a number of years now and has earned a full-time contract off some excellent performances for the Australian U20 side where he was one of their best,” Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said in a release.

“Like any young hooker his set-piece and physical development are areas we will work hard on with Locky. But he is a very good young hooker with a point of difference.

“He’s a good young local product who has an exciting future ahead of him.

“We have seen over the last couple of years that a number of players have come through the Brumbies Academy and Lachie is another positive story.”

Lonergan, who plays for the Tuggeranong Vikings in the John I Dent Cup, said it was a dream to step up to the Brumbies' senior squad.
He'll compete with Wallabies hooker Folau Faingaa and Connal McInerney for Super Rugby game time.

“I’m really excited about signing a contract with the Brumbies and getting an opportunity to further my career at my home town club,” Lonergan said in a release.

“The Brumbies have always been an important part of my life and, having progressed through the Academy with them, it’s a dream come true to wear the jersey.

“I know I still have lots to learn and am looking forward to continuing to work hard with Dan and the coaching staff to further my development and grow as a player.”