Australia international Allan Alaalatoa has been appointed as the new captain of Super Rugby club Brumbies ahead of the upcoming season.
Alaalatoa made his professional rugby debut with Brumbies in 2014 and has made 75 appearances for the club since then and was also part of the National Rugby Championship side Canberra Vikings.
The 25-year-old went on sign a contract extension with the club in 2018 which will keep him committed to the club until the end of the 2023 season.
“It’s a huge honour and privilege to be named as the captain of the Brumbies," he told the official website of the club.
“The Brumbies were the club who first gave me an opportunity to realise my dream of playing professional rugby and I’ll be doing everything I can to repay that opportunity as a leader of the club.
“There is such a great history of leadership at the organisation and there are so many great leaders within the squad as well, who will support me and help drive our standards both on and off the field this year and beyond.”
Alaalatoa, who has represented Australia Under 20 side in the past made his Test debut for the Wallabies in 2016 and has gone to play 37 matches including four in the recently concluded World Cup in Japan.
“Allan’s been at the club for a long time now and has developed into a really strong leader in both the way he plays and how he holds himself amongst the group," said Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar.
“He’s a key figure for us on and off the field and will be well supported by the vice-captains and senior leaders at the club.
“The Brumbies have a long history of strong leaders and I congratulate him on being named the side’s captain for 2020.”
Brumbies will kick-start the 2020 season with a clash against Queensland Reds at GIO Stadium on 31st January.