Lalakai Foketi commits to Rugby Australia and Waratahs until 2024

Lalakai Foketi made his Test debut against Wales last year
Lalakai Foketi made his Test debut against Wales last year

Wallabies centre Lalakai Foketi has committed his immediate future with Rugby Australia and New South Wales Waratahs after signing a new contract until the end of 2024.

An Australia Schoolboys representative in 2012, the 27-year-old also represented Australia Under 20 sides in the 2013 and 2014 editions of IRB Junior World Championship.

He was called up to the Australian Test squad during the home series against France in July but eventually went on to make his debut for the Wallabies against Wales during the end of the year series last year.

Having played for Rebels in the past, Foketi joined Waratahs in 2018 and is nearing 50 appearances for them.

“My family’s happy here and settled and I’m loving playing at the Waratahs, so deciding to extend my time here for another two years was a no brainer,” he told.

“It’s an extremely tight-knit group at the Waratahs and there is a real sense of excitement about what this team can achieve, and I want to play a part in putting this great club back on top.

“I think scratching the surface of international rugby at the end of last year made me incredibly motivated to stay in Australia and to continue to push for higher honours, especially with a World Cup next year. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to extend my time with the Waratahs and the Wallabies.”