NSW Waratahs secure signatures of talented trio

Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 8:00 AM
Waratahs Media
by Waratahs Media

The NSW Waratahs have continued to lock in their roster for 2022 and the future, securing the services of incredibly talented Tiaan Tauakipulu, Adrian Brown and Langi Gleeson.

Tiaan Tauakipulu the former New Zealand Schoolboy prop, is one of the many extremely talented youngsters in the NSW Waratahs program and has featured in the last two Nathan Grey’s Junior Wallabies camps as well as playing 1st Grade at Randwick in 2020.  

The up and coming prop has been training with the Waratahs main squad throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons but unfortunately due to injuries was unable to take this field in this year’s campaign. Tauakipulu has signed a two-year extension with the Waratah’s ensuring he will wear the sky blue until at the least the end of the 2023 season.

Former Barker College student and Northern Barbarians Junior Adrian Brown joined the Waratahs Academy straight out of school as a 17-year-old and was also a member of this year’s Junior Wallabies squad, and at just 19 is available for next year’s campaign as well.

Brown, who has played loosehead prop for Waratahs A side, made his 1st Grade debut last season with Gordon and now playing for Eastwood, and has signed a long-term deal with the Waratahs, locking him in the sky-blue jersey until the end of the 2024 season. 

Barnstorming number 8 and St Augustine’s product, Langi Gleeson, has signed a two-year deal with the Waratahs securing his services until the end of the 2023 season.

Gleeson, former Harbord Harlequins junior and Junior Wallaby, has trained with the Waratahs main squad all season but unfortunately, a knee injury hampered his chances of playing for the Waratahs in 2021. A man of the match performance for the Waratahs A side this year in their win over the Brumby Runners, showed that Gleeson is certain to have a big impact for the side in 2022.

NSW Head of Talent Management Andrew Cleverley was thrilled to secure the signatures of three of the most impressive up and coming rugby prospects in the country.

“Langi, Adrian and Tiaan are all incredibly exciting prospects who we feel will progress to play at a very high level and have the chance of making a real impact in a Waratahs jersey in the future,” Cleverley said.

“All three have fantastic temperament and have impressed coaching staff regarding how hard they work and their elevation to the main squad is testament to their efforts. 

“They are a talented group that NSW has worked hard to keep and showcases the depth we are building through our pathways.”

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