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Mortlock re-signs with Brumbies

03/04/2006 05:34:55 PM Comments (0)

Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock has set his sights on Super 14 and World Cup glory, announcing a new two-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union and Brumbies Rugby.

Mortlock's new deal will see him through until the end of the 2008 season, giving him eleven seasons with his beloved Brumbies.

The Sydney-born centre made his debut for the Canberra outfit as a twenty-year-old in 1998 and has become one of the team's most illustrious members.

His 765 points in Super Rugby is a team record for the Brumbies, while he has played 41 Tests for the Wallabies since making his debut against Argentina in 2000.

The powerful back has been in scintillating form during the early rounds of the 2006 Super 14, leading the Brumbies with five tries from seven matches.

After being rested from last year's Wallabies tour, Mortlock was able to fully recharge his batteries for the first time since the 1999 season.

"Having the opportunity to complete a full pre-season of training has been a big factor in the way that I'm playing at the moment," said Mortlock, 28, in a statement released by the team.

"It was great to have a long period of time to work on some physical aspects and it's really paid off.

"I put on a few kilos and physically and mentally I was able to freshen up before the start of the season."

Mortlock took over as captain of the Brumbies from Wallabies captain George Gregan in 2004, becoming the youngest player to lead the team at 26.

Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher believes Mortlock is in the best form of his career.

"He's really rejuvenated his career this season," said Fisher.

"As a leader he has certainly matured and he'll continue to play an important role in fostering our next leadership group over the next couple of years."

National coach John Connolly sees Mortlock as a valuable asset as well.

"It's great news for Australian Rugby to have Stirling sign for another two years. He's certainly an important cog in the Wallabies team," said Connolly.

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