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Tate McDermott re-commits to Queensland and Australian Rugby



Queensland Rugby Union and Rugby Australia are delighted to announce the re-signing of Reds co-captain Tate McDermott through 2027.

A proud Sunshine Coast product, McDermott debuted for Queensland in 2018 and has since gone on to play 70-games for his state, ascending to the co-captaincy in 2022.

The four-year deal will keep the livewire scrumhalf in Australian Rugby for the 2025 British and Irish Lions Tour and 2027 Rugby World Cup on Australian soil.

McDermott said: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to live and play Rugby in Queensland. That is a dream I’ve had since I was a young boy.

“I love representing the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies, and staying here in Australia gives me the chance to continue to do that. 

“There is plenty left to achieve in this country. With a Lions Tour and a home World Cup on the horizon, that is a future I want to be part of.”

Reds General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Tate is a very proud Queenslander. He entered into his contract negotiations stating that he only wants to play for Queensland and the Wallabies.  

“He is one of our leaders and we are really proud to have him at the Reds for the next four years.”

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones said: “Tate is a young player who has much to achieve in the game and to have him re-sign long-term shows his commitment to Australian Rugby which is really positive.

“He’s a leader at the Queensland Reds and we’ll be watching him closely for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.”

Born in Bundaberg, McDermott was educated at Sunshine Coast Grammar School where he represented Queensland and the Australian Barbarians at schoolboy level.

Upon finishing school in 2016, McDermott linked up with the Australian Sevens team where he earned 20 caps on the World Series.

He returned to the XV-man game the following year, going on to make his Queensland debut alongside now co-captain Liam Wright against the Melbourne Rebels in 2018.

McDermott debuted for the Wallabies in 2020 at the age of 22, and has since played 21 games for his country.

He reached his 50th Queensland cap in 2021 and has scored 20 tries in the maroon with his signature darting running game.

McDermott joins his potential future halves partner Tom Lynagh, backrower Fraser McReight and lock pairing Seru Uru and Angus Blyth in re-committing to Queensland Rugby in recent weeks.

McDermott will lead Queensland against the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night. Buy tickets now via

Tate McDermott

Position: Scrumhalf

Height: 179cm

Weight: 77kg

Born: 18/08/1998

Place of birth: Bundaberg, Queensland

Senior Club: University of Queensland

School: Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Junior Club: Flinders Rugby Club, Sunshine Coast

Queensland debut: 23/02/2018 v Melbourne Rebels, AAMI Park, Melbourne

Queensland caps: 70

Reds points: 100 (20 tries)

Wallabies debut: 31/10/2020 v New Zealand, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Wallabies caps: 15

Wallabies points: 10 (2 tries)

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Family the motivator for Whitelock’s French move



The 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season will be Samuel Whitelock’s last with the Crusaders.


The veteran Crusader and All Black has taken up a two-year deal with Section Pau in the South of France, where he’ll link up with younger brother Luke Whitelock who joined the Top 14 club in 2019.


“Hannah, the kids and myself are going to head to France to play with my little brother Luke,” Whitelock said.


“I’ve had the privilege of playing with family for Canterbury, the Crusaders and the All Blacks at different stages and this opportunity was too good to pass up.”


Whitelock debuted for Canterbury in 2008 and the Crusaders in 2010. He is Crusader #142 and has currently played 176 games for the franchise – second only to Wyatt Crockett (203). He’s been a part of six championship campaigns and captained the side for several seasons.


“I want to say thank you to everyone for their support through the years, it’s been absolutely immense,” Whitelock said.


You’ve helped me grow, you’ve helped me develop as a player”, but most importantly as a person.”


There are few players in Crusaders history who have made a mark like Sam Whitelock. A mainstay for generations of fans, his presence on the field brought confidence to both the playing group and the fans.


The same could be said for his impact on the All Blacks, having earned many All Blacks caps as captain and respect across the globe as a rugby role model.


Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach, said Whitelock was an “iconic rugby player” who had taught him a lot throughout his coaching career.


“He’s iconic because of his consistency in form at all levels, spanning three decades and being at the top of his game throughout that time,” Robertson said.


He said Whitelock’s game understanding and “his ability to win big moments in big games” set him apart.


“He has an innate ability to connect the group and know what needs to be said at the right time on and off the field.”


“He’s a great mate and a pleasure to coach.”


“If there’s one player who lives the Crusaders culture it’s him, through consistency, his daily habits and his leadership.”


Whitelock will join Pau after the Rugby World Cup.

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Team Naming: Whitelock Back for Waratahs Game



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The Crusaders have named their side to face the Waratahs in Round 14 of Super Rugby Pacific ’23.


It’s the team’s last home game of the regular season before we get into finals. Kick off is Saturday at 4.35pm.


Codie Taylor takes up captaincy with Scott Barrett making the most of a rest week before some big showdowns. He’s joined in the front row by Kershawl Sykes-Martin and Tamaiti Williams.


Sam Whitelock returns this week, itching to take the field after a few weeks sidelined by injury. Both Codie Taylor and Scott Robertson spoke on Thursday morning about looking forward to having his leadership and wisdom back on the grass.


The dynamic duo of Mitch Drummond and Richie Mo’unga return at halfback and first five, their routine well-polished by now.


Look for some antics and acrobatics from Leicester Fainga’anuku and Dallas McLeod on the left and right wings, and a safe pair of hands at the rear with Fergus Burke as fullback.


Reuben O’Neill is set to make his Crusaders debut off the bench this week, the current Taranaki and former Chiefs player bolstering the front row stocks. He’s slotted in well with the team during trainings, Robertson saying he was “familiar to us” and helped relieve the burden on a front row depleted by injury. Brodie McAlister and Seb Calder make up the rest of the replacement front row.


The Crusaders go into this one second on the table, the Waratahs in sixth. There’s no discounting an Aussie side still within reach of a home quarter if the cards fall right for them. Expect a big contest.

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Farewell to a legend



The Highlanders will use the last home game of the year against the Reds on Friday 26th May to farewell Aaron Smith – their most capped player ever. All things going to plan Smith should play his 184th game against the Reds.

Smith joined the club in 2011 at the behest of the then new Highlander’s coach, Jamie Joseph, having previously been in the Blues wider training group, the rest as they say is history.

Widely recognised as one of the best halfbacks in the game his performances over the years have left fans, fellow players and the media in awe of his consistency, energy, skill level and competitiveness.

However, all good things come to an end and on Friday 26th May at 7.05pm Smith will suit up in his Highlanders jersey and run out of the stadium tunnel to be greeted by a home crowd for the last time, from next year he is signed to play in the Japanese League.

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark appreciates it will be a significant moment in the club’s history.

“Aaron has given so much to the club and rugby public in this region. Saying good-bye is not a moment that many will be looking forward to, but he so richly deserves this one last opportunity to sign off an amazing Highlanders career in front of his home crowd.  No doubt It will be a very special occasion for Aaron, Teagan and his children Luka and Leo, we hope it will be a night to remember for all.”

Head Coach Clarke Dermody acknowledges it will be an extra special night for his All-Black halfback.

“He’s been leading our team around the park for the last decade or so and he epitomises everything that a professional player should be – always prepared, highly skilled, competitive, and passionate about his team. He deserves all the recognition he gets, and he has worked very hard for it. Knowing Aaron, he will treat it like any other week, go through his routines, preparing accurately and give it his best on the night. I know I won’t be alone in reflecting on his enormous contribution to rugby in our region as his last home game comes to an end.”

Fans will have another opportunity to watch the master in action when the Highlanders take on the Rebels this Saturday at 4.35pm.

Book your seat to witness history here 


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