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Wallabies lock in rising star until 2023 Rugby World Cup

“I’m extremely motivated by the challenge to continue to grow and push myself to be the best player and person I can be and hopefully get more opportunities in the gold jersey.”

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie added: “Tom had an excellent start to his international career last year, showing glimpses of what he’s capable of at the Test level.

“He’s a mature young man who has pace, a good skill set and a real willingness to keep getting better, which is exciting for the Wallabies moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Waratahs halfback Jake Gordon is in doubt for Australia’s three-Test series with France in July after undergoing scans on Wednesday. Initial fears that Gordon had torn his anterior cruciate ligament have been allayed but NSW officials confirmed he has a medial cruciate ligament injury.

The Waratahs did not provide a time frame for Gordon’s return, but sources with knowledge of the situation said he is under a cloud for the France series, which begins at the SCG on July 7.

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Gordon has been in excellent form this season but Wallabies selectors might have been inclined to pick Nic White and Tate McDermott as their two halfbacks anyway.

The Wallabies will announce a squad for the France series on Sunday afternoon.

While NSW props Harry Johnson-Holmes (shoulder) and Angus Bell (illness) are eligible for selection, hooker Dave Porecki has injured a calf and won’t feature in an extended Wallabies squad.

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