Brumbies have confirmed that centre Solomone Kata has rejoined the Super Rugby club ahead of the 2022 season.
Having started his career in rugby league where he represented Tonga and New Zealand, he made a switch to rugby union in 2019 when he joined Brumbies.
With 25 appearances for the club, Kata went on to join Auckland in 2021 to play in New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship and is now excited to return to Brumbies.
“I’m very happy to be staying with the Brumbies,” he said.
“Me and my family have settled into Canberra, and the club have supported me really well since making the switch back to rugby.
“2021 was a difficult season with injuries but I was really happy to get some games under my belt towards the end of the season, and I’m excited to get some more minutes with Auckland before getting back to the Brumbies ready to go for 2022.”
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar welcomed Kata's return to the club.
“We’re thrilled Sol will be back with the team for at least next season,” he said.
“His energy and presence at training has been fantastic since joining us in 2020 and while he had some struggles with injury last season, he made an impact during Super Rugby Trans-Tasman and a few months with Auckland will help him return for preseason with more rugby under his belt.
“We have good options on the wing and in the midfield and including Sol in that mix is great for us, not only for our depth but also for competition for places, so we’re excited about what he can bring for the side again in 2022.”