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Nick Phipps signs new deal with Wallabies

NICK Phipps has committed himself to the Wallabies after signing a two-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union.

The Waratahs scrumhalf put pen to paper on a new deal which will take him through to the end of 2017.

Phipps, 25, who played in all 14 Tests for the Wallabies in 2014, said he was delighted to have sorted out his future.

"Representing your country is the ultimate honour," Phipps (pictured) 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 halfbacks in Australian rugby at the moment, which is fantastic for the game.

"We're always challenging each other for that No. 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 congratulated Phipps on his new deal.

"Nick has made a real impact in the past 12 months at a provincial and national level and he is still improving his game," he 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."

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