James Slipper signs one-year contract with Rugby Australia and Brumbies

James Slipper has played 114 Tests for Australia
James Slipper has played 114 Tests for Australia

Wallabies prop James Slipper has committed his immediate future with Rugby Australia and Brumbies after signing a one-year contract extension.

Slipper made his Australia debut in 2010 during the game against England and has gone on to become the most-capped Test prop for the Wallabies with 114 Test appearances.

The 32-year-old also represented Australia in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups and also captained them in the last test of 2021 against Wales. He has now signed a contract with the Rugby Australia until the end of the 2023 World Cup to be played in France.

“I’m really happy to have re-signed with Rugby Australia and the Brumbies until the end of next year,” the 114-test veteran, who can play on either side of the scrum, he said in a statement released.

“I have a strong desire to be part of a successful 2023 World Cup campaign with the Wallabies and I believe playing my rugby here in Australia will give me the best chance to do that.

“I’d like to thank the Brumbies for giving me that opportunity and I’m excited to pull on the jersey again in the new Super Rugby Pacific competition.”

Slipper made his professional rugby career with Queensland Reds in 2010 and went on to win a Super Rugby title for them. He made a switch to Brumbies in 2019 and led them to a Super Rugby AU title in 2020. Overall, he has played close to 150 Super Rugby appearances for the two clubs combined.

“James is a top man and massively respected member of our mob and we’re thrilled he’s re-committed to Australian rugby,” Rennie said.

“There’s no doubt he’s one of the leading props in world rugby with his rare ability to start a test match on both sides of the scrum.

“Despite playing more than 100 tests and nearly 150 Super Rugby games, he’s constantly looking to improve and he’s a got a real hunger to be successful and create a path for others to follow.”