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Japanese Test Number 8 Hendrik Tui signs contract extension with Queensland Rugby

Queensland Rugby Union has re-signed Japanese Test Number 8 Hendrik Tui for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Tui endured an injury-interrupted season in 2015 but earned two caps for the Reds in their final two games against the Chiefs and NSW Waratahs which showed a glimpse of what he is capable of.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Tui moved to Japan as a 19-year-old where he played Rugby at Tokyo’s Teikyo University while studying Health Science. 

Following university, he joined the Panasonic Wild Knights from 2011 to 2013, before making the move to Suntory Sungoliaths – where he continues to play for Japan in the Top League.

He has played 28 Tests for Japan since making his debut in 2012.

Tui said he was excited to return to the Reds in 2016, after finally realising his dream of playing Super Rugby this year.

“This season was a good opportunity to build experience for me and I know now heading into my second season with the Reds what's going on and what's expected of me,” he said.
“I’m excited because I know I can play at that level and challenge myself even more.”

Reds head coach Richard Graham: “After a disjointed season through injury it is fantastic to have Hendrik (Tui) back in the program for 2016. He is a quality guy and his contribution in the final two games off the bench was telling.

“Following a Rugby World Cup and another domestic season, we’re confident he’ll play a big part with the Reds. He made it very clear he wanted to return to Ballymore and be involved with the squad moving forward. With the expansion of Super Rugby and other options available, it says a lot about his character.”

Hendrik Tui
Position: Loose Forward  
Height: 189cm
Weight: 110kg
DOB: 13/12/1987 
POB: Auckland, New Zealand
School: De La Salle College, Auckland
Club: Norths Eagles 
Representative honours: Japan (2012-), Queensland (2015-).
Queensland Rugby debut: 2015 v Chiefs, Suncorp Stadium
Queensland Rugby caps: 2
Super Rugby debut: 2015 v Chiefs, Suncorp Stadium
Super Rugby caps: 2
Test debut: 2012 v Tonga, Tokyo (Japan) 

Test Caps: 28
Test Points: 55 (11T) 

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