Canberra Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies have signed 2016 Australian U20s representatives Jordan Jackson-Hope and Faaleleli Sione for their 2017 Extended Super Rugby Playing Squad for 2017.
Jackson-Hope is one of the most exciting young prospects to come through Canberra’s junior Rugby program and has signed an upgraded contract with the Brumbies for 2017.
Having represented the Brumbies and ACT Schoolboys in junior ranks for a number of years, Jackson-Hope trained with the Vikings National Rugby Championship (NRC) and represented the ACT Griffins in 2015, before linking with the Super Rugby outfit for pre-season training. He was quickly signed to a development contract with the Brumbies Super Rugby squad.
The St Edmund’s College product then captained the Brumbies Colts U20s side in the inaugural Super U20s competition before earning selection in the Australian side for the U20 World Championships in Manchester.
Prior to the U20 World Championships, Jackson-Hope was selected for his Super Rugby debut against the Melbourne Rebels in which he set up a crucial try with a cutout pass on his first touch in professional Rugby.
A week later, in just his second match for the Brumbies, Jackson-Hope scored his maiden Super Rugby try against the Sunwolves in front of family and friends at GIO Stadium.
Continuing his memorable 2016, Jackson-Hope was named Man of the Match in the Tuggeranong Vikings dramatic 26-22 win over Queanbeyan in the John I Dent Cup Grand Final after scoring one try, having a hand in another and coming up with a game-winning turnover just metres from the try-line after the final siren.
Currently a member of the Vikings 2016 NRC squad, Jackson-Hope is very pleased to be staying with the Brumbies to further his professional career.
“Supporting the Brumbies as a kid, it was always a dream to play for them,” Jackson-Hope said.
“It’s great to have signed a new contract and have my future sorted with the club for next year.
“Having a taste of Super Rugby this year just drives me to continue working hard and developing my game and I’m very proud to be doing that here in Canberra with the Brumbies.”
Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said it was pleasing to have Jackson-Hope signed on for next season to the Brumbies Extended Playing Squad.
“We saw this year that he is up to the challenge of Super Rugby,” Larkham said.
“We’ve been very impressed with his performances at training and on the field all year.
“It’s great to see a Canberra junior come through the ranks of our Pathways program and we are looking forward to seeing Jordan’s game develop to another level, here at the Brumbies in 2017.”