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Brumbies Secure Signing of Young Wallabies Star

The Brumbies have announced the signing of one of the Junior Wallabies key men

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The Brumbies have confirmed the signing of Junior Wallabies hooker Lachlan Lonergan on a two-year contract.

Lonergan was part of the Junior Wallabies side that reached the final of the U20 World Championship this year, playing four of the five matches and scoring four tries.

The 19-year-old has come through the Brumbies’ ACT Junior Representative grades and academy structure and links up with fellow Junior Wallabies Noah Lolesio and Nick Frost in the Brumbies 2020 Super Rugby side.

The hooker is delighted to have signed a contract with the Brumbies and is determined to fulfil his potential.

“I’m really excited about signing a contract with the Brumbies and getting an opportunity to further my career at my hometown club. The Brumbies have always been an important part of my life and, having progressed through the Academy with them, it’s a dream come true to wear the jersey. I know I still have lots to learn and am looking forward to continuing to work hard with Dan and the coaching staff to further my development and grow as a player,” he said.

Head coach Dan McKellar has been impressed by Lonergan’s work over the past year and is happy with the talent that the franchise’s academy is producing.

“Lachie has been in the pathway system for a number of years now and has earned a full-time contract off some excellent performances for the Australian U20 side where he was one of their best. Like any young hooker his set-piece and physical development are areas we will work hard on with Locky. But he is a very good young hooker with a point of difference. He’s a good young local product who has an exciting future ahead of him. We have seen over the last couple of years that a number of players have come through the Brumbies Academy and Lachie is another positive story,” he said.

The Brumbies are known for their tradition of bringing through academy graduates and allowing them time in the first team environment and Lonergan is another example of that.

As well as joining his fellow Junior Wallabies in the squad for next season he will also join his older brother Ryan when he links-up with the senior squad.

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Rugby Australia Snap Up Fijian NRL Star

Rugby Australia have confirmed the signing of one of the most exciting Rugby League players on the planet

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Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds have announced the signing of Fijian NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu from Melbourne Storm.

The flying-winger has put pen to paper on a two-year deal which comes into effect in 2021, which will see him join the Reds in Super Rugby and switch back to Rugby Union. 

Speaking on the massive coup Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson is delighted that Vunivalu has signed up and is looking forward to what he can bring to the table. 

“This is a very good signing for Australian Rugby and the Reds. Suliasi was a standout schoolboy rugby player. He is an elite finisher with a lot of big-game experience for a young man and will have an immediate impact for the Reds in 2021 and put himself right in the frame for higher honours. He is one player we have been looking at very closely this year with the skillset we are looking for in the outside backs. He has been working in a great environment at the Storm and has chosen a future in rugby, so it is a great result for the game,” he said. 

The 24-year-old has been playing for Storm since 2016, and played in consecutive Grand Finals between 2016 and 2018, scoring a record-breaking number of tries in his first two seasons and currently having 72 tries in 94 appearances for the club. 

He will hope to add to that total over his final campaign with the club, while on the international stage he has 12 tries in only eight appearances for Fiji. 

He also played in New Zealand when he was younger for the Auckland Blues, before making the move to Storm and league at 18. 

It is a major boost for both the Super Rugby franchise and the Wallabies and if he can bring his league form to the union stage it could be something special.

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Crusaders Star Out for Start of Season

The Crusaders have confirmed that much like the Blues and the Hurricanes that they will not have a full compliment of players come the start of the Super Rugby season due to injury

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The Crusaders have confirmed that up and coming back-rower Ethan Blackadder will miss at least the early stages of the 2020 Super Rugby season through injury.

Blackadder, who has only seven appearances for the reigning champions, dislocated his shoulder during the Mitre 10 Cup this year and will require surgery to amend the problem.

Although at 24 it seems as though seven appearances is not much, Blackadder has been smashing it while in the Mitre 10 Cup and during his showings for the Crusaders, but has been up against the likes of Kieran Read, Whetu Douglas, Jordan Taufua and Tom Sanders for a place in the pack.

This season was seen as a potential breakthrough one for the versatile forward, who can line-out at blindside-flanker or No 8, and is expected to be capped by the All Blacks once he gets a run at the top level.

However, he will have to wait a little longer for his chance to shine due to the injury.

The worrying part for him is that despite Read leaving the franchise, Cullen Grace, Ethan Roots and Sione Havili have all come in and will look to impress in his absence.

The hope will be that he can get back as soon as possible to stake his claim for a starting spot. His injury is the latest announced by a New Zealand-based Super Rugby side ahead of the new season with both the Blues and the Hurricanes confirming that Bayden Wardlaw and Ardie Savea will miss the season’s opening for their respective sides.

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Savea Could Return Earlier than Expected

All Black Ardie Savea confirmed that he would be out of action for the foreseeable future over the weekend, but things might not be as bad as first thought

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Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee has admitted that star forward Ardie Savea could return from injury well before his expected return date.

The All Black back-rower took to social media over the weekend to announce that he will miss up to six months of action as he prepares to undergo surgery on his knee next week to help with a cartilage injury. 

That meant that fans would more than likely not see their star player for the majority of the Super Rugby season. However, Lee thinks that Savea may be back in action as early as March. 

“There’s an issue with his cartilage and there is a bit of speculation about how long he will be out for, but you never really know until the surgeon has operated and seen the real extent of the issue. The prognosis at this stage is best-case scenario he’s back playing in three months, but it could be five or six months. We’re not holding to any date because some people heal well, some people have complications post-surgery, some people come back quicker than others. You’ve got to be really careful about putting a date on it,” he said while speaking to Stuff. 

His beliefs seem to be based more on hope than certainty, but it would be a major boost for the Hurricanes if their key man was to be back in action earlier than first thought. 

In his absence it looks likely that Gareth Evans and Du’Plessis Kirifi will battle it out for the openside-flanker starting berth and will give them a chance to show what they’ve got while Savea is out. 

We will have to wait and see who takes the jersey while he’s out and with the Hurricanes opening game of the 2020 Super Rugby season against the Stormers on the 1st of February it will be a long wait.

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