Fullback Tom Banks has put pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal to re-sign with Rugby Australia and the Brumbies until the end of 2022.
The 24-year old made his Wallabies debut against New Zealand at Eden Park last year after a standout Vodafone Super Rugby campaign for the Brumbies.
Likened to Wallabies great Chris Latham, the elusive fullback will be looking to secure his ticket to Japan later this year as part of Michael Cheika’s Rugby World Cup squad.
“It’s something I have really wanted to do, play for the Wallabies and play for the Brumbies. I think signing a longer term deal allows me to do that and gives me confidence and it’s pretty exciting moving forward,” Banks said.
“I like where the team is going and I like the players that are involved. I think we can build something special and that really appealed to me.
“The fact that the World Cup is coming up is always on your mind but you have to put that aside and just try to play your best footy at club level which is what I need to do to get in the frame for Wallabies selection,” Banks said.
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “Tom has shown himself to be a player who is ready to step up to Test standard.
“He plays in a very competitive position and his consistency, commitment and performances in the back half of last year put him into a Test jersey for small patches.
“By re-signing with the Brumbies he has shown that he is committed to become a Test match regular and I am looking forward to watching his performances back that up”, Cheika said.
Banks kicks-off his Brumbies’ Super Rugby season against the Melbourne Rebels in Canberra next month at GIO Stadium.
Position: Outside Back
Birthplace: Brisbane, QLD
Super Rugby Debut: 2015 v Brumbies, Brisbane (Reds)
Brumbies Debut: 2017 v Reds, Brisbane
Super Rugby Caps: 28
Super Rugby Points: 60 (12T)
Wallaby Number: 924
Test Debut: 2018 v New Zealand, Auckland
Test Caps: 3