Rona signs with NSW Waratahs


19/12/2017



By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Wallabies winger Curtis Rona has committed to playing rugby union, and will move to Sydney in January to take up a two-year contract with the NSW Waratahs.

The 25-year-old has had a meteoric rise in 2017, pulling on the Wallabies jersey after only his first year in Super Rugby. He scored a try on debut against the All Blacks in Sydney and went on to tour with the national team to Japan and the UK in October and November.

“I am still coming to terms with how this year has turned out for me. It’s been an incredible and humbling experience, and exciting at the same time. I know I still have to a long way to go if I want to play international rugby regularly and this is only the start of it,” Rona said.

Rona re-joined rugby union this year following stints with the Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Canterbury Bulldogs league teams.

“I grew up playing rugby union and knew I would always return to the game. And I cannot wait to join the team. This is a group that has won a Super Rugby championship before and I want to be part of a team that is driven to get back to winning ways again.”

NSW Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson has welcomed Rona’s signing.

“Curtis had a number of options available to him, including big money from overseas and rugby league clubs and it’s great that he has committed to us. We want to help him achieve his goals and aspirations and add real value to the group.”

“His signing is a boost to the squad and will add healthy competition, and create excellent depth across the outside back division.”

The NSW Waratahs’ first Super Rugby game is against the Stormers at Allianz Stadium on 24 February.

Curtis Rona
Position: Utility back
Height: 194cm
Weight: 102kg
DOB: 26/05/92
Test debut: 2017 v New Zealand, Sydney
Test caps: 3
Test points: 5 (1T)
Super Rugby debut: 2017 v NSW Waratahs, Sydney
Super Rugby caps: 14
Super Rugby points: 5 (1T)



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