In a further boost for Australian Rugby, lock Cadeyrn Neville has re-signed with the Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies until the end of 2025.
A prodigious rowing talent as a teenager, Neville’s remarkable rugby journey began in 2009 where the then 21-year-old joined his hometown club, Manly. Within three years, Neville had made his Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific debut for the Melbourne Rebels and was on the radar for the Wallabies.
Neville would make 48 appearances for the Rebels, before moving north to Queensland at the end of 2015, and even further north to the Japanese Top League after two seasons for the Reds.
Neville returned to Super Rugby in 2020 with the Brumbies, arriving to the ACT just 10 days before making his debut against the Reds in round one. Now an integral part of the Brumbies squad, Neville’s leadership and play on the field has helped lay the platform for the Brumbies’ Super Rugby AU success in 2020, as well as the club’s run to the Super Rugby Pacific Semi-Finals last year.
2022 was a landmark year for Neville, with the towering second rower becoming the third-oldest player to debut for the Wallabies, starting in the first test against England in Perth. He went on to wear the gold jersey on eight occasions in his debut International season.
Neville notched up 100 Super Rugby games earlier this season, and will make his return to action in tonight’s matchup against the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium.
Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies lock, Cadeyrn Neville said: “I was lucky enough to be brought back to Australia into an already great program and have since had four quality seasons with some great people who've helped me become a better player and achieve some milestones that I'll always be proud of.
“I'm very invested in the success of this place and the people in it so I feel privileged to be able to be part of it for the next two seasons. The body is showing no sign of slowing down so very pleased that I'll still be wearing a brumbies jersey while at the top of my game.”
Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones said: “Cadeyrn is a good, tough player and it’s pleasing he’s re-signed with Australian Rugby.”
“We’re looking forward to watching him continue to compete hard for an opportunity to wear the gold jersey this year.”
Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies head coach, Stephen Larkham said: “We’re thrilled to lock down Nev for another two years.”
“At a point in the season, we were bracing for the likelihood this would be Nev’s last year for us, so to be here now and to know he’ll continue with our group is huge for us moving forward.
“Nev’s been great to work with, and he has a really positive impact on the team, his teammates and the club in general. The history of the Brumbies shows that some guys belong here and Nev certainly one of those players and we’re fortunate to have him at the club.”
Date of Birth: 9/11/1988
Place of Birth: Manly, NSW
Test debut: 2022 v England in Perth
Test caps: 8
Super Rugby debut: 2012 v Pretoria Bulls in Melbourne (Melbourne Rebels)
Super Rugby caps: 101
2023 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Fixtures
Wallabies v South Africa, 5:05pm SAST/1:05am AEST, Saturday 8 July at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Wallabies v Argentina, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 15 July at CommBank Stadium, Sydney
Wallabies v New Zealand, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 29 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Wallabies v New Zealand, 2:35pm NZST/12:35pm AEST Saturday 5 August at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin