Norton-Knight Signs New Deal with the Waratahs & ARU



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Utility back Sam Norton-Knight has re-signed with the HSBC Waratahs and the Australian Rugby Union in a new deal that will see him remain in Sydney until the end of the 2009 season.

The decision comes as a boost for the Waratahs ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Brumbies in Canberra, with whom the talented 23 year old began his career before joining the Waratahs in late 2005.

‘Sam’s a mature customer for someone of his age and his skill set is outstanding,’ HSBC Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie said.

‘He’s got great vision and speed and he possesses the x-factor required to spark a backline.

‘The fact he’s shown himself to be equally at home in a number of positions is also a bonus.’

Norton-Knight has played 22 Super 14 matches for the Waratahs since the start of the 2006 season, after playing 9 matches for the Brumbies in his debut year 2005.

He also represented Australia A in both 2005 & 2006.

‘I’ve had a really happy two years here and I saw no reason for why it should not continue,’ Norton-Knight said.

‘The place is headed in the right direction on and off the field and from a playing perspective I felt this was the place to be, and what’s more, I never really considered moving.’

The new agreement comes into effect from the start of the 2008 season.

Sam Norton-Knight

Position: Utility Back

Physical: 1.87m; 88kg

Born: 02.12.83; Canberra

Club: Northern Suburbs

State Caps: 41 (30 NSW, 11 ACT)

State Points: 57 [9t (NSW); 2t, 1c (ACT)]

State Debut: 2005 v Czech Republic (NSW); 2003 v Fiji (ACT)

Super 14 Caps: 31 (22 Waratahs; 9 Brumbies)

Super 14 Points: 37 [5t (Waratahs); 2t, 1c (Brumbies)]

Super 14 Debut: 2006 v Reds (Waratahs); 2005 v Crusaders (Brumbies)

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