Taniela Tupou has renewed his contract with Australian Rugby through 2025, which includes a transfer to the Melbourne Rebels in 2024.
The deadly tighthead prop has played with the Queensland Reds for the last nine years at Ballymore, earning 87 caps for the team and starting in their 2021 Super Rugby AU championship victory.
The 26-year-old, a high school sensation, made his Wallabies debut in 2017 against Scotland in Edinburgh and has since played 47 times for Australia.
Tupou, who wears the number 917 for the Wallabies, is battling for a spot in his second Rugby World Cup squad, which will compete in France this year, as he recovers from an Achilles injury he sustained late in the previous season.
2024 Melbourne Rebels and the Wallabies signing I’d like to thank Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels for the chance to continue my career here in Australia for the upcoming two years, Taniela Tupou stated.
“I want to express my gratitude to the Queensland Reds and their supporters for the past nine seasons. I’ve made some wonderful experiences and lifelong friends, and I’ll do everything in my power to support them this year.
“I’m enthusiastic about the future of Australian Rugby because a Lions tour is coming up, but my top focus right now is to work hard on my recovery and return to the field as soon as I can,” said the player.