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Kepu to play Super Rugby for Waratahs until end of 2019

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New South Wales Super Rugby franchise the Waratahs have re-signed Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu for the next three Super Rugby seasons from Bordeaux .

Kepu will therefore continue to play Super Rugby for the Waratahs from 2017 to the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season which makes him eligible for Wallabies selection at the next World Cup.

The experienced prop is in line to play for the Wallabies next weekend against England having been named a 33 man training squad for the first Test.

Kepu ‘s signing is another huge coup for the Waratahs after several other key players announced their decision to stick with the Club this year, including Taqele Naiyaravoro, Wycliff Palu, Jed Holloway and Andrew Kellaway.

A product of the Randwick Rugby Club, Kepu is one of Australian rugby’s most valued and experienced forwards. He played for the Waratahs from 2008 to 2015 before heading to France to play for the Bordeaux Begles at the end of the season last year.

Born in Sydney, NSW, he has already earned 96 Super Rugby caps, having played every single one of them in the NSW Waratahs jersey. He also has 63 matches under his belt for Australia after making his provincial and international debut back in 2008.

The 30-year-old prop is renowned for his leadership qualities within the team and mobility around the park, and will add extra strength to the Waratahs’ front row. A powerful ball-carrier, Kepu has continued to make a name for himself for both his attacking and defensive prowess.

NSW Waratahs Head Coach, Daryl Gibson believes Kepu’s return will be great for the team.

“I’m delighted that Keps is returning to Australia, and happy to welcome him back to the Waratahs,” Gibson said.

“He will be a great addition to the squad and will strengthen our front row options.

“I’m sure he would have grown from the experience in France, where there is a real scrum culture. It can only benefit our young props in Tom Robertson and Matt Sandell, as he helps grow and pass on his knowledge.”

A true team and family man, Kepu is a core member of the Waratahs leadership group, and played a huge part in the NSW Waratahs’ 2014 Championship winning year.

He has been a vital mainstay within the Waratahs and the Wallabies squads across the last few seasons, and is just the sixth prop in Australian rugby history to reach 50 Test caps.

Despite being born in Sydney, Kepu grew up in New Zealand, where he was a representative at junior levels, and was part of the wider Chiefs squad between 2005 and 2007.

Sekope Kepu
Date of birth: 5/2/1986
Height: 188cm
Weight: 118kg
Position: Prop
Club: Randwick
Super Rugby caps: 96
NSW caps: 96
Super Rugby points: 10 (2 tries)
Test rugby caps: 63
Test rugby points: 10 (2 tries)

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