Waratahs and ARU sign Turner until 2011
December 6, 2007

Australian Super 14 rookie of the year Lachie Turner has re-signed with the HSBC Waratahs and the ARU until after the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The exciting 20-year old agreed to a further three years despite having a year left to run on his current contract.

The revelation of the 2007 season, Turner is among the fastest players in Australian Rugby and his innate ability to sniff out a try from almost anywhere on the field makes him a rare talent.

"Lachie's a quality person, not just a quality footballer," HSBC Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie said.

"His attitude is excellent, he ran the fastest 40 metre split time we've seen in years one week after the Australian Rugby Championship.

"That kind of dedication and commitment at the end of the season is rare.

"But he's about far more than just speed, he's mature and level headed and it's those qualities that we value most.

"We believe Lachie has a big future with the Waratahs and the Wallabies and I'm personally very happy that he's committed himself long term."

Turner, an Australia A representative in 2007 and former star for both Australian Schools and the Australian under 19's, said he had no hesitation in agreeing to an additional three years with the Waratahs.

"When it came down to it, it was a fairly easy decision to make," he said.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years and 2007 was a big year for me, and I wanted that to continue.

"There were people trying to get me to move elsewhere and while it's flattering I want to be a Waratah, pure and simple.

"I've got a lot of goals that I want to achieve in Rugby and I felt that the Waratahs was the best place to help me reach them."

Turner made his Super 14 debut in week five of the 2007 Super 14 season, against the Stormers in Sydney, and wasted no time in making his mark.

His week nine try against the Crusaders, a 55 metre solo effort that left experienced campaigners in Rico Gear, Stephen Brett and Leon MacDonald grasping, was arguably one of the tries of the season.

"We're very excited about Lachie's potential, both for NSW and beyond," said ARU High Performance Unit General Manager Pat Howard.

"Lachie has graduated through a number of our development systems, including the Australian Rugby Championship and it's fantastic to have a player of his speed and ability in the game."

"It is a real positive outcome for both NSW Rugby Union and the ARU."

Lachie Turner:

Position: Wing / Fullback
Physical: 1.89m, 88kg
Born: 11.05.87, Sydney
Club: Eastwood

State Caps: 14
State Points: 28 [3t, 2c, 3pg]
State Debut: 2006 v Reds, Gosford
Super 14 Caps: 8
Super 14 Points: 15 [3t]
Super 14 Debut: 2007 v Stormers, Sydney

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