Dave Porecki extends his contract with Australian Rugby | Latest rugby news
Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs are pleased to announce that Dave Porecki has signed a two-year extension which will see him stay in Australian rugby until at least the end of 2024.
The 29-year-old returned to Sydney ahead of the 2021 Harvey Norman Super Rugby season and stood out for the Waratahs, winning call-ups to the Wallabies camp squads in the previous two years.
A calf injury at the end of last season severely reduced his chances of making his debut for the Wallabies, but Porecki’s form so far in 2022 puts him on Dave Rennie’s radar ahead of the eToro England Series in July .
He had previously played just one game in sky blue in 2015 before spending five seasons playing in the English Premiership with Saracens (2016) and London Irish (2016-19).
Known for his set pieces and leadership skills, Porecki has been a mainstay in the Waratahs’ starting squad since returning to Australia.
NSW Waratahs hooker Dave Porecki said: “It was quite an easy decision for me to stay at the Waratahs, particularly because of the direction we are heading in.
“I never really considered going overseas because I wanted to continue playing with this special group. To be part of such an exciting project and help build something from scratch is like things that I appreciate as a player.
“When you look at last year we were at rock bottom, and to see how we’re building this year and the improvements the team has made is incredibly special.
“There’s also a lot of excitement around the Wallabies, with the World Cup and the Lions tour on the horizon. Getting a taste of that setup at the camps I’ve attended was great, but I have to first play well and win my place.
Waratahs head coach Darren Coleman said: “We are really pleased to have Dave re-engage with the Waratahs for a further two years, especially as he is well regarded and has been pursued at the both at home and abroad.”
“Dave is our resident scrum doctor and is a true technical and skilled problem solver in and around our piece work. He is a big part of our leadership group and has a real stable influence on the younger members of our team.
“We are really delighted to help him continue his progress and defend his case for the selection of the Wallabies.”
Born: October 23, 1992
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Super Rugby debut: 2015 v Cheetahs, Bloemfontein
Super Rugby Caps: 21
2022 Wallabies Calendar
Wallabies v England, Saturday July 2, 5.55pm AWST / 7.55pm AEST at Optus Stadium, Perth
Wallabies v England, Saturday July 9, 7.55pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Wallabies v England, Saturday July 16, 7.55pm AEST at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday August 27, TBC at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday September 3, TBC at TBC, New South Wales
Wallabies v New Zealand, Thursday 15 September, TBC at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Tickets available for the eToro July England Series now at wallabies.rugby/tickets.