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The chance to work with World Cup winning flyhalf Stephen Larkham has helped convince Wallabies No.10 Noah Lolesio to recommit to Australian rugby until the end of 2024 despite interest from clubs in Japan.

Larkham, who was No. 10 for the Wallabies as they won the 1999 World Cup, will be head coach of the Brumbies next season with Dan McKellar going into a fulltime role with the national team.

“It’s been a long process but I feel very content in staying here for the next couple of years,” Lolesio told reporters on Monday.

Asked for the reasons for his decision, Lolesio replied: “Obviously just a love for the club first of all. Coming out of school I was pretty unknown and went into the Tuggeranong Vikings system and the Brumbies gave me my shot, so I definitely feel like I owe it to the club to stay here for a couple more years.

“And with Bernie [Larkham] coming in next year I’m really looking forward to working with him and hopefully taking my game to another level.”

Lolesio, 22, has played 29 times for the Brumbies and featured in nine Tests, including seven as a starter.

His Brumbies halves partner Nic White gave a strong endorsement of Lolesio’s maturity last week ahead of the Brumbies’ victory over the Chiefs.

“He’s managing games really well and our key learnings from trans-Tasman last year. We’re not making the same mistakes twice which is a real credit to him as a player, learning from mistakes,” White said.

“He’s got an appetite for learning and that’s the best thing as a young half. He’s a great player to play with and I can’t give him more plaudits than that – that he’s someone who has an appetite to want to learn, he studies the game to get better.

“He’s great for the group, drives high standards as well and he’s been driving this group well the last couple of weeks – hopefully a few more.”

Born in Auckland but raised on the Gold Coast, Lolesio relocated to Canberra straight after graduating from The Southport School.

A member of the Australian Schoolboys and the Junior Wallabies, he started at inside center in the side that lost the 2019 U20 Rugby World Cup final to France.

He rose to prominence last year with determining penalties in the series win over France.

Noah Lolesio kicks the ball during the Bledisloe Cup.

(Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

“Achieving some of my goals, like representing the Wallabies, has been a dream come true, but I’ve still got a lot of things I want to achieve in both a Brumbies and a Wallabies jersey,” Lolesio said in a statement.

“Being part of a great group at the Brumbies with guys I’ve been playing with for a long time is something I value highly and off the back of training well, and putting in good performances, getting the opportunity to be a part of the Wallabies setup is amazing, so I’m just stoked to be staying.”

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “We’re thrilled Noah has re-committed to Australian Rugby for another two years.”

“He’s a confident young man, whose developing composure under pressure is evident at both Super Rugby and Test level.

“His skillset continues to improve, and we believe him staying in Canberra and Australian Rugby is going to be the best place for him to realise his potential.”

Brumbies head coach, Dan McKellar said: “It’s fantastic for the Brumbies to have Noah locked in.”

“Noah’s a player of tremendous potential, he’s developed well in our program and everyone at the Brumbies believes he’ll only continue to get better as he gets more and more time in the saddle.

“Retaining him was a high priority for everyone involved in Australian rugby so it’s an exciting day for the club and a no doubt a proud day for Noah and his family.”

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