White has signed a two-year deal that will see him through until after the 2022 Super Rugby season with his former employers, whom he lined-out for previously between 2011 and 2015.
The 29-year-old has admitted that he is delighted to be moving home in a couple of years time but is looking forward to the remainder of his time with the Chiefs before then.
“The Brumbies is home for me, and Canberra is home for my family, so to know that my future is set and that I’ll be back at the Brumbies. It’s so exciting. Right now, I’m completely focused on the Rugby World Cup and the Wallabies, and I look forward to getting back to the Chiefs and ripping in with them, but again, knowing I’ll be returning to a place and a club I love is really special,” he said.
White re-signed with Rugby Australia in order to take part in this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and has since gone on to become the nations first-choice scrum-half ahead of Will Genia.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar is excited for White’s return and believes that he will bring a lot to the squad.
“We are thrilled to have Whitey returning to the Brumbies,” head coach, Dan McKellar commented. “He’s a world-class player, a player who demands very high standards of himself and expects the same of others. His work ethic, competitive nature and leadership will be so important to our squad when he returns,” he said.
During his first stint with the Aussie franchise he scored 162 points over 67 appearances before playing two seasons with French Top 14 outfit Montpellier and is currently starring for Exeter in the English Premiership.
Having made his Wallabies debut in 2013, he has gone on to feature in 29 tests and is set to play his 30th game for his country when they take on Uruguay on Friday where he is in the starting line-up as the Aussies look to end the pool stages with another win and having a chance to finish top of Pool C.
Saints Eye Another Fijian Star
Fresh after announcing the arrival of Sam Matavesi Northampton Saints are set to land another Fijian ace according to reports
Northampton Saints look set to sign Fijian front-rower Eroni Mawi according to RugbyPass.
The Premiership side confirmed the signing of his international teammate Sam Matavesi and now appear close to agreeing the signing of the 23-year-old loosehead.
The English side have been able to add players to their squad in the middle of the season due to the retirements of both club captain Dylan Hartley and Heinrich Brussow with a major space in the salary cap opening up with their departures.
If Mawi becomes a Saints player he will have to fight for his place in the side with captain Alex Waller currently occupying the loosehead position in the squad, with back-up from both Francois van Wyk and Toby Trinder.
Having been available since the end of the World Cup Mawi has been playing in Australia for the Fijian Drua outfit and this would be a big step-up for the youngster.
It would also add to Northampton’s Fijian presence in their pack with Api Ratuniyarawa already in the squad.
Bristol Star Signs Contract Extension
Last week Bristol secured the services of one of the world’s most exciting players and today they have confirmed that one of their key men will be staying on too
The deal sees him extend his stay with the club until at least 2022, which is an exciting prospect for fans who have seen him dominate the league over the past year, scoring six tries in eleven appearances for the Bears last season.
However, he is only getting better it seems having already made a total of 551 metres in five games and beating 24 defenders in that time, both chart-topping stats.
The news follows last weeks’ announcement that Fijian star Semi Radradra will join the club next season and the thought of the two linking up will have fans watering at the mouth.
Speaking on the extension Piutau has admitted that he had no hesitation to put pen to paper as he is loving life in Bristol.
“My family and I are loving our time in Bristol and it was an easy decision to stay. There’s a brilliant environment and a group of boys who are all giving everything for the jersey and the community. It’s always an honour to play alongside my brother (Siale Piutau) and to represent the Bears in front of the awesome fans at Ashton Gate. Pat Lam has been a massive influence on my career and I’m loving my rugby here. There’s a collective belief that we can win silverware if we continue to keep moving forward and I’m excited about the future at Bristol,” he said.
Meanwhile, the club’s director of rugby Pat Lam is delighted to have the 28-year-old continue on and is impressed with how he has taken to life in Bristol.
“Charles is an outstanding team man and a world-class talent. He has the ability to create opportunities out of nothing for the team, so we are delighted that he has committed to the Bears and our vision. What has been most pleasing is how enthusiastic Charles is about the Bears, his team-mates and the city. He applied for, and was appointed to, the role of community leader in the player leadership group this season, which underlines how much he cares about the community,” he said.
While fans may be excited for the next couple of years, Lam couldn’t hide his own excitement at the combinations of players that Bristol will have come next season.
“On the field, Charles brings an invaluable attacking threat, but also a calm head and a wealth of experience. His game understanding and leadership at the back brings a lot of comfort to his team-mates and it has allowed a lot of the young players around him to flourish. To be able to select a Bristol backline next season that will combine world-class talents such as Charles Piutau, Semi Radradra and Luke Morahan alongside a host of young, English talent shows the exciting direction and growth that we are showing as a team,” he added.
It is a major boost for the Bears who have started this season well and are building towards something special come next season.
Launchbury Signs Contract Extension with Wasps
England international Joe Launchbury is set to continue his career with Wasps despite interest from elsewhere
The club’s captain since 2016, Launchbury has been with the Premiership side since 2009 and has made well over 100 appearances since his debut in 2011 and is delighted to continue his career with the club, and hopes they will be competing for titles soon.
“Wasps have been great to me and I will forever have an association with the club. There have been some special moments during the past ten years and I want to create more of those over the coming seasons. We have a good young squad and we’re now starting to see young players coming through the system which a crucial cog in any elite club. With a fantastic home ground at Ricoh Arena and our own high-performance training base being built, the future certainly looks very bright. Hopefully as a club we keep developing and growing more and more Premiership-class players, and compete for silverware moving forward,” he said.
There were reports that several clubs were looking into the possibility of signing the England ace including reports of a move to fellow Premiership outfit Sale Sharks.
Having signed up to the club once again, Wasps director of rugby Dai Young complimented Launchbury’s loyalty to the team.
“Joe has been a tremendous servant to the club and we’re thrilled he has agreed to sign a new deal. He is a born leader, who adds a lot to this team. Having someone of his ilk pledging their future to the club is a real statement of intent,” he said.
Launchbury has picked up more than 60-caps for England and was part of Eddie Jones recent Rugby World Cup squad in Japan, and at 28 it looks as though he has plenty still to offer to both club and country of the next few years.
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