Nick Phipps will stay on the Wallabies and Waratahs until at least 2017.
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Australian scrum-half Nick Phipps has agreed to a new two-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union that will keep with with the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs through until the end of 2017.
Phipps played in all 14 of the Wallabies’ Tests in 2014, taking his total to 28 after making his debut in 2011.
The 25-year-old said he is hopeful of being selected in Michael Cheika’s squad for the 2015 World Cup.
“Representing your country is the ultimate honour,” Phipps said.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity by the Australian Rugby Union and the Waratahs to continue my passion to wear the gold jersey.
“There are some outstanding half-backs in Australian Rugby at the moment, which is fantastic for the game.
“We’re always challenging each other for that number 9 jersey, which really drives us to succeed and helps us improve as players.
“I’m looking forward to working hard over the next few months and achieving my goal of being selected for next year’s Rugby World Cup squad.”
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he was thrilled with Phipps’s decision to sign on with the ARU.
“Nick has made a real impact in the past 12 months at a provincial and national level and he is still improving his game,” Cheika said.
“2015 will be a great opportunity for Nick and we are really happy that he has decided to play his rugby in Australia for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
“Nick is someone who is prepared to do whatever it takes to make things happen and I am sure we will see that from him over the next three seasons.”