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by Brent Ford

The Brumbies have locked up promising youngster Tom Staniforth to a new two-year deal with the club.

Which follows an impressive run of form from Staniforth who forced his way into the side in round three almost two years after making his debut.

He's been used as a utlity off the bench, and got his first start in the Brumbies round 10 clash against the Highlanders in Unvercargill. The 21-year old has benefited since joining the Brumbies program, adding 10 kilograms since leaving school.

He was also instrumental in leading Queanbeyan Royals to the 2015 John I Dent Cup premiership, in an upset win over competition powerhouse the Tuggeranong Vikings. Later taking out the competition's highest hinour, the MacDougall Medal.

The former Australian Under 20s vice-captain says he’s very happy to be staying with his hometown club.

“I’m very pleased to be staying here for another two years,” Staniforth said.

“Coming through Canberra’s junior competition it was always a dream to play Super Rugby for the Brumbies. Knowing that I’ll be here until 2018, I’m very excited.

"I'm really grateful for having a chance to play professional Rugby for the team I grew up supporting, I love playing for Royals as well.”

Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said he’s pleased Staniforth has signed on for another two seasons.

“He’s had an exceptional season, which is credit to how hard he has worked over the past couple of years on developing his all-round game,” Larkham said.

“Tom is a great young talent that has risen through the ranks of ACT rugby.

“His rise to a Super Rugby contract is a great reflection of our Pathways Program which supports young players.

“He is continually developing his game and we are very happy that he is staying with us for the next two years.”


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