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Forgotten Wallaby returns to Australia

TRANSFER NEWS: The Queensland Reds’ lock stocks have been restored by the acquisition of Test lock Luke Jones until 2025.


The 31-year-old, who played the last of his six Tests in 2019, will return to Australian rugby from a second stint in France to effectively replace England-bound Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

Jones played 89 Super Rugby games between 2010-20 for the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels and is fresh off a stint alongside Kurtley Beale at Racing 92 in France’s Top 14.

Boasting playing experience against current Reds coach and former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn, Jones’ pedigree is welcome considering the off-season losses of Salakaia-Loto and hooker Alex Mafi (Melbourne Rebels).

“It’s great to be able to repatriate another Wallaby at the Reds,” Reds football boss Sam Cordingley said of the Sydney product.

“Luke is a great addition to our squad. He’s a very experienced lock with a high work rate, ability to lead a line-out and the versatility to play in the back row.”

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