Super Rugby

New deal for 36-year-old Mann-Rea

Josh Mann-Rea (File)
Josh Mann-Rea (File)

Cape Town - The Brumbies have announced the re-signing of 36-year-old hooker Josh Mann-Rea for the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons.

Mann-Rea has extended his stay in the nation's capital for a further two years after racking up his 50th appearance for the franchise in 2017.

The former Waratahs hooker made his Brumbies debut in 2013 against the Rebels, impressing with his brief cameo off the bench in a winning effort.

"I am pleased to be able to extend my deal with the Brumbies," Mann-Rea told the Brumbies website.

"My time at the club has been memorable and I still feel I have a lot to offer the franchise. I felt that I have played some good rugby this season and am looking forward to repeating that next year.

"We have a strong culture at this club and have some exciting young talent coming through. I am delighted that I will be able to play my part in helping to mentor the up-and-coming Brumbies."

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham said he was happy to have Mann-Rea back on board for next year.

"Josh brings a lot of experience to the squad and is a real leader of the group," Larkham said.

"He has been a stalwart of the franchise for several years now and has always given a fully committed performance. His will and determination are well known and he leads by example from the front.

"Hooker is a tough position to play and Josh’s experience in that role and his desire to keep on getting better and improving year-on-year are admirable qualities and the Brumbies are fortunate to have secured his signature."

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