Waratahs confirm signing of promising trio

Wed, 21/07/2021, 08:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Waratahs have continued to build for the future, signing Junior Wallabies Tiaan Taukipulu, Adrian Brown and Langi Gleeson to long-term deals.

Taukipulu, who was also a part of the New Zealand Schoolboys, has signed a two-year extension after making his debut for the club in 2020 in Super Rugby AU.

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Meanwhile, Brown joined the squad having been a part of the Waratahs Academy straight out of school as a 17-year-old.

The loosehead prop links up with former Gordon coach Darren Coleman, with the 19-year-old making his first grade debut for the club before moving to Eastwood in 2021.

He has signed a three-year deal that will keep him in sky blue until 2024.

Rounding out the signings is Gleeson, with the Junior Wallaby recently returning from an injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season.

He would put in a man-of-the-match performance against the Brumby Runners as the number eight joins on a two-year deal.

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NSW Head of Talent Management Andrew Cleverley was thrilled to secure their signatures as they reinforce their young roster.

“Langi, Adrian and Tiaan are all incredibly exciting prospects who we feel will progress to play at a very high level and have the chance of making a real impact in a Waratahs jersey in the future,” Cleverley said.

“All three have fantastic temperament and have impressed coaching staff regarding how hard they work and their elevation to the main squad is testament to their efforts.

“They are a talented group that NSW has worked hard to keep and showcases the depth we are building through our pathways.”


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