Haylett-Petty signs Australia deal

21 February 2019 06:25:40 EST
Michael Cheika

Rebels captain Dane Haylett-Petty has re-committed himself to Australian rugby for another two years.

The 29-year-old, who has 31 Test caps for the Wallabies, has turned his back on the chance to cash in with an overseas deal following the Rugby World Cup.

He has joined his Rebels coach Dave Wessels - who he followed from Western Force - in signing a new contract up to the end of 2021.

Haylett-Petty said: "This environment has really helped me develop as a player on the field, and as a leader off the field. I wanted to do what was best for my development as a rugby player, and that was to stay here in Australia and to continue my journey here at the Rebels and Wallabies.

This environment has really helped me develop as a player on the field, and as a leader off the field.

Dane Haylett-Petty

"There's a special feeling around the club at the moment - just missing out on finals in 2018 really refocused us as a group. You can feel it in every team meeting, every field session, every review; there's a desire there to get better with everything we do."

Speaking of the South African-born player, who spent three years playing in France, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he had grown into a leader of the Test team since his 2016 debut.

"The outside backs are a really competitive position in our side and Dane often leads the way in how he prepares during the week and his commitment during games on the weekend," added Cheika. "He's had that experience overseas which has helped mature him as a footballer and I know how desperate he is to have a big part to play in the World Cup later this year."

Australia are 14/1 to win the Rugby World Cup.

The Wallabies are 11/8 to win Pool D.

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