HSBC Waratahs re-sign Lachie Turner until 2013


24/03/2011



By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit

 

On the back of the recent signatures of a number of senior squad members, Lachie Turner is the latest international to commit to the ARU and the HSBC Waratahs after penning a new contract today.
Turner has signed a two-year deal which will keep him in NSW until 2013 and believes his best football is still ahead of him.
“It’s nice to have the decision done now and I can just concentrate on my footy,” said Turner. “We’ve got a great group of players here, a really good mix of youth and experience which shapes a great culture within the squad.
“I’ve had four seasons here and in that time we’ve made the semis twice and the final once. There’s definitely a feeling within this group that we still have a lot to achieve and I want to be a part of that.”
Turner has scored 22 Super Rugby tries and while primarily a winger, has also been used at fullback and in the centres. Along with Drew Mitchell and Kurtley Beale, Turner formed one of the most formidable back threes in the competition last year, with the trio bagging 20 tries between them.
“Once the new combinations started to click last year I think we put in some really good performances and as a back three we worked well as a unit,” said Turner. “Drew topped the tryscorers list last year and he’s had a pretty quick start in 2011 so I’ve got a bit of ground to make up but I guess it doesn’t mattter who’s scoring the tries as long as someone is and we we’re playing some exciting Rugby along the way.
Turner made his state debut against the Queensland Reds in 2006 before getting his first opportunity at Super 14 the following year against the Stormers. In just his third match for NSW he scored a memorable try against the Crusaders which thrust him firmly into the Australian Rugby landscape.
In 2008 Turner was the team’s top tryscorer which included a double in the Final. Later that year Turner made his Test debut against France, and has since gone on to score three tries in 14 international appearances.
In 2010 Turner brought up his 50th state cap and at the time was the youngest player ever to reach the mark (Kurtley Beale has since claimed that record). In the final match of the season he also brought up his 50th Super Rugby cap.
Including his appearances this year, Turner now has 54 Super Rugby caps and has not missed a game since his debut.
Turner has forged a reputation as one of the best finishers in the game and in 2010 won an invitational race to find Australia’s fastest footballer across the four codes.
LACHIE TURNER
Position: Winger
Physical: 189cm, 96kg
Born: 11.05.87, Sydney NSW
Club: Eastwood
State Caps: 60
State Points: 123 [22t, 2c, 3p]
State Debut: 2006 v Queensland
Super Rugby Caps: 54
Super Rugby Points: 110 [22t]
Super Rugby Debut: 2007 v Stormers
Test Caps: 14
Test Points: 15 [3t]
Test Debut: 2008 v France


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