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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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Hurricanes Sign Two Scrum-Halves from Rivals

The Hurricanes have confirmed the arrival of not one but two scrum-halves from Super Rugby rival sides

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The Hurricanes have announced the signings of scrum-halves Jamie Booth and Jonathan Taumateine ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season.

Both have agreed two-year contracts with the franchise as they look to replace Richard Judd and Finlay Christie, who have left for Japan and the Blues respectively.

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree is delighted to have both in the squad ahead of next season and believes they will both add quality to the side.

“We’ve seen Jamie continue to develop his game while he has been in Japan and he performed really well under some trying circumstances at times. Jonathan is a player who we think has real potential to develop at a fast pace. He’s a young player who has already shown considerable talent,” he said.

Booth joins from the Sunwolves however, he is no stranger to the Hurricanes set-up having previously been a member of their wider training squad in 2016 and making eight appearances for them in 2018.

The 24-year-old has returned to New Zealand and is currently playing for Manawatu in the Mitre 10 Cup.

Meanwhile Taumateine comes in have previously represented fellow New Zealand based franchise the Chiefs before going on to impress in the Counties Manukau team.

He has also represented both Samoa and New Zealand at U20’s level and at only 22 his rise will surely continue.

Both signings are made all the more impressive by the fact that they have taken them from other Super Rugby franchises meaning they have not only strengthened their team but weakened others.

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Brumbies Sign Pocock Replacement

The Brumbies are preparing for life after David Pocock and have announced a man they hope can replace him

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Australian Super Rugby side the Brumbies have confirmed the signing of flanker Will Miller from the NSW Waratahs on a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old made his Super Rugby debut in 2017 for the Melbourne Rebels before a switch to the Waratahs and now the Brumbies and is looking forward to joining his new club.

“I’m really excited to get down to Canberra and rip in. The Brumbies have had a spectacular year in 2019 and I look forward to helping build on that moving forward,” he said.

Brumbies loose forward David Pocock confirmed his retirement from Australian Rugby near the end of this years’ Super Rugby season and is currently trying to prove his fitness ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month.

His departure was hard on the Canberra side however, head coach Dan McKellar believes that Miller will provide a good fit for the void Pocock has left.

“With the departure of David Pocock, we wanted to bring in a backrower who has an on-ball presence and Will certainly will bring that. He is a very skilful player and a good link between the backs and forwards. He has the ability to play on an edge and he can be very creative in attack. Will has played a lot of rugby over the past few years and he’s played a significant role in the development of his club side Norths, helping them to a Premiership in the Shute Shield in 2016. He’s a good country boy who’s worked hard at club rugby to get his opportunity at Super Rugby level and has proven that he belongs at this level,” he said.

Miller will be hoping to continue his rise at the top level where he has impressed but has been stuck behind the likes of Michael Hooper in the Waratahs line for two years and this could be his chance to show what he’s got.

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Highlanders Sign All Blacks Youngster

The Highlanders have confirmed their first signing for the 2020 Super Rugby season

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The Highlanders have announced their first signing ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season with All Blacks Sevens and New Zealand U20 star Scott Gregory.

The 20-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the franchise and is so far only one of two confirmed outside backs in the squad for next season along with Josh McKay.

He has been a part of the New Zealand U20 World Championship squad for the past two years and played a vital role in the nations Sevens team during the 2018/19 World Series.

Having debuted for in the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018 for Northland and has become known for his speed and will be a welcome addition to the Highlanders following the mass exodus of players at the end of last season.

Come the end of the season the franchise confirmed that a total of 12 players would be departing them including All Blacks Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock and Jackson Hemopo.

As well as them there is a huge loss of Super Rugby experience in Matt Faddes who is set to join Ulster for the 2019/20 season.

Most of the players are heading overseas in order to receive improved contracts in what is becoming an increasing problem for Southern Hemisphere nations.

The Highlanders finished the 2019 season with a quarter-final loss to eventual winners the Crusaders and with all the departures it is expected that Gregory will be the first of many new faces through the door.

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