Wallabies duo Jake Gordon and Angus Bell have re-committed to the Waratahs and Australian rugby, both signing contract extensions in a major boost for the struggling Super Rugby side.
Tahs captain Gordon is locked in for the next two years, keeping him in Australia until the next World Cup, while Bell, who made his Test debut against the All Blacks last year, has signed on for just the one extra season.
There was speculation earlier in the season that Bell was eyeing off a move to another Super Rugby franchise, so locking the young prop in for another year is a major boost for NSW.
However there was never much doubt that Gordon, who firmed as Dave Rennie’s preferred backup scrumhalf for the Wallabies last year, would stay in sky blue.
“This season has been challenging; however, I believe we are heading in the right direction,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of exciting players here and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve in 2021 and beyond.
“It’s been an honour to play here, and something I’ll always be thankful for.”
Bell, 21, is regarded as one of the most talented front-rowers in Australian rugby. Debuting for the Tahs in February 2020, the prop was named for the Wallabies in their 24-22 Bledisloe Cup triumph over the All Blacks in November.
“It was always a dream of mine to represent the Waratahs, and I’m proud to continue to wear the sky blue,” Bell said.
Waratahs CEO Paul Doorn said the twin signings are a major step in the right direction for the club, as they look to recover from a horror start to 2021.
“They are both proud New South Welshman and a huge part of this club, we are thrilled they will continue to wear the sky blue jersey,” Doorn said.
“Re-signing Jake and Angus was a key part of our recruitment strategy. We want to retain our best and surround them with some key additions.”