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Mann-Rea to play Super Rugby for Brumbies until 2019

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies is pictured during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Blues at GIO Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Canberra Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies have announced that hooker Josh Mann-Rea has re-signef for the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons.

Mann-Rea, affectionately known as ‘Bongo’, 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 twice-capped Wallaby international hooker made his Brumbies debut as a 31-year-old 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 commented.

“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.”

2014 was a breakout season for Mann-Rea, the Narromine born hooker becoming a regular fixture in the Brumbies team. His strong form earned him a call up into Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies squad for the 2014 Rugby Championship, he would go on to make two appearances for the side.

The 36-year old has established himself as the Brumbies first choice rake, filling in admirably for the departed Stephen Moore.

Mann-Rea has started ten games for the Brumbies in 2017, scoring two tries and continuing to be one of the most consistent hookers in Australian Rugby.