Tate McDermott signs with Rugby Australia and QRU

Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) have today confirmed that rising star Tate McDermott has signed a new four-year deal.

The halfback will now remain with the Queensland Reds until at least 2023 following the next Rugby World Cup in France.

The livewire number nine rose to prominence this season under the guidance of Brad Thorn at the Reds with a Wallabies debut seemingly on the horizon for the 20-year old.

Queensland Reds halfback Tate McDermott said: “I’m excited to sign for another four years with Queensland – a team I’ve not only grown up watching, but supported my whole life.

“With Brad and his coaching team, we are starting to build something incredibly special, attempting to not only restore the pride but continue the legacy associated with the maroon jersey.

“I cannot wait to make my mark on the Queensland Rugby landscape. There’s a lot of hard work still to be done before the start of the 2020 season, but alongside some of my best mates, I can’t wait to rip in,” said McDermott.

McDermott burst onto the scene in 2017 after making his debut for the Qantas Australian Sevens side in Wellington where he scored three tries, before featuring in Queensland Country’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) title-winning campaign later that year.

The Sunshine Coast product made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds in 2018 and also went on to skipper the Junior Wallabies for two games during last year’s U20s World Championships in France.

Tate McDermott

Position: Scrumhalf

Height: 179cm

Weight: 82kg

Born: 18/09/1998

Place of birth: Bundaberg, QLD

Senior Club: University of Queensland

Junior Club: Sunshine Coast Grammar

School: Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Representative Honours: Australian Sevens (2016-2017), Queensland Country NRC (2017), Australian U20s (2018), Queensland (2018-)

Super Rugby debut: 2018 v Rebels, Melbourne (Queensland)

Super Rugby caps: 22

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