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NSW Waratahs sign MRL Scrumhalf

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The NSW Waratahs can confirm the signing of Harrison Goddard for next season, locking in the LA Giltinis scrumhalf in Sky-Blue for the Waratahs 2023 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

Goddard, a proud indigenous man born in Sydney and schooled at Oakhill College in western Sydney, has made his way home to NSW after honing his skills at the Melbourne Rebels and the LA Giltinis in Major League Rugby (MLR).

A talented junior, Goddard was part of the Australian Schoolboys team in 2014-15 and represented Australia in the World Rugby U20 Championships in 2017 and 2018.

The livewire scrumhalf made his Super Rugby debut in 2017 for the Rebels, spending three seasons at the Melbourne franchise and amassing seven caps before heading abroad to the LA Giltinis.

Goddard has been a revelation in the MLR where he was named in the all-MLR dream team in both 2021 and 2022 seasons and named the Gilitinis MVP for their recent 2022 campaign.

Goddard has previous experience playing under Darren Coleman, winning two titles in two seasons, in Gordon’s 2020 Shute Shield Premiership winning season, and LA Giltinis triumph in their debut season in MLR in 2021.

Goddard was excited to return home and the opportunity to represent his home state.

“Growing up in Sydney, the Waratahs have been a team I’ve always dreamed of playing for. I got a taste of playing Super Rugby at the Rebels and feel like I’ve got a little bit of unfinished business with my goals and aspirations in Australian rugby,” Goddard said.

“LA has been great for me, but I really wanted to come home and keep working hard and pushing myself at Super Rugby level.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with DC previously and enjoyed some success at Gordon and LA with him so I’m really looking forward to connecting again.”

Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman has firsthand knowledge of what Goddard can bring to his side for their 2023 campaign.

“We’re delighted to have Harrison join us for next season. He was a bit of a prodigy as a schoolboy and spent a few years in the Rebels program but probably didn’t get the game time to develop as he was stuck behind some quality nines there,” Coleman said.

“He’s since had three good seasons of club footy and two seasons in LA and he’s now more battle-hardened and streetwise from playing big minutes week in and week out as their starting nine.

“Having worked with him at Gordon and LA, he’s a good team man, a great young athlete, and has a prodigious right foot which we feel can help take our game to the next level.”

Goddard will join the Waratahs on December 1 for the start of the pre-season.

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Brumbies confirm coaching group for 2023 season

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Brumbies Rugby have confirmed Laurie Fisher, Rod Seib and Dan Palmer will form the club’s coaching group for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season with returning head coach Stephen Larkham.

Widely acknowledged as one of the best technical coaches in the world, 2023 will be Fisher’s sixth season in his third stint at the Brumbies, Fisher having previously worked with Larkham in the former flyhalf’s playing days and in his early years as a coach.

Seib will continue for his third season at the Brumbies having joined the club at the end of 2020. A long-time head coach in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup, Seib served as Queensland’s Academy head coach before making the move to Canberra and has added to his strong reputation since taking charge of the Brumbies attack, serving as an assistant coach for Australia A’ during the recent Pacific Nations Cup. 

Brumby 132 Dan Palmer will step into a full-time role in the club’s coaching group in 2023 having had several successful stints in charge of the Brumbies scrum, the former Wallaby having also previously worked with Larkham as both a player and a coach.

Brumbies CEO, Phil Thomson said: “We’re pleased to be able to have such strong continuity within our coaching group as Steve takes over as head coach.”

“Laurie is obviously a world-class coach and he continues to be incredibly passionate about the Brumbies, and in Rod we have a detailed, intelligent coach who has made a great impression on the club so far.

“It’s fantastic also to have Dan come on full-time, and we’re excited to see him have a larger role within the group having watched his growth as a scrum coach.

“It’s rare to be able to assemble a coaching group with such continuity and shared experience and we’re confident they will put in place a program, along with our wider High-performance staff that will allow our squad to continue to develop and build on recent seasons as we look forward to 2023.”

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Queensland Reds release centre to join Western Force

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The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has agreed to terms for the release of Hamish Stewart to the Western Force ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Pacific season.

Red General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “The Western Force made the request through the appropriate channels. They had a need with some injuries and departing inside backs.

“We have good depth at centre and some salary cap pressure with a large contingent of national players, so this is a good result for all parties.

“We’d like to thank Hamish for his commitment to Queensland Rugby over the past six years and we wish him all the very best with his move west.”

“I’ve had a really good time at the Reds,” said Stewart.

“They gave me my first crack at Super Rugby, and I’ll always be extremely grateful for the club.

“I’m sad to go, but I know they’re in good hands with the staff and playing group there at the moment.”

A Darling Downs product, Stewart debuted for Queensland in 2017 and went on to play 72 games for the Reds.

The 24-year-old rose through the ranks alongside many of his Reds’ teammates, starring for the Junior Wallabies and in the Brad Thorn coached championship-winning Queensland U20s and Queensland Country sides in 2017.

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Sef Fa’agase re-commits to Queensland Rugby

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Versatile prop Sef Fa’agase has signed with the Queensland Reds through 2024.

The two-year deal sees the 31-year-old’s career come full circle, with Fa’agase rising through the Queensland pathway and making his Reds debut in 2015 before stints with the Melbourne Rebels, Highlanders and abroad.

Fa’agase re-joined the Reds squad in the backend of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season and featured in five games, bringing his Queensland cap tally to 48.

Fa’agase said: “I chose to re-sign with the Reds because it’s my home state, it’s where my journey started.

“Looking from afar for the last four years, I’ve been really excited about the way this group plays footy, especially the tightness on and off the field which I got a taste for it this year.

“I feel this season, especially towards the backend, there was a lot left out there, so I wanted the chance to hopefully go further next season with this group.

“I’m grateful for the chance to be back here representing Queensland, my partner and my family.”

Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Sef made the most of his opportunity as injury cover this season.

“He has history with the Reds and brings experience and versatility in being capable either side of the scrum.

“He has the opportunity to reach 50 games for Queensland in 2023, so there’s plenty of motivation for him next season.”

A Logan product, Fa’agase made his Queensland debut in 2015 after helping the University of Queensland to the Hospital Cup title in 2014.

With the ability to play on both sides of the scrum, the prop played 43 games for Queensland between 2015 and 2018.

In 2016, Fa’agase played with the Wallabies XV against the Barbarians and was part of the Australian wider training squad in 2017, before taking his talents across the ditch to New Zealand the following year.

Fa’agase featured for Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship (NPC) and went on to play Super Rugby for the Highlanders in 2019.

Fa’agase turned out for the Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan and the New England Free Jacks in the United States in 2020 and 2021, before he returned to Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels ahead of their 2022 campaign.

Long-term injuries to Taniela Tupou and Zane Nonggorr saw Fa’agase added to the Reds squad as injury cover late in the season, with Fa’agase’s experience and leadership ensuring he was rewarded with a new a two-year deal.

Sef Fa’agase

  • Position: Prop
  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 117kg
  • Born: 03/05/1991
  • Place of birth: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Senior Club: University of Queensland
  • School: Shailer Park State High
  • Queensland debut: 13/02/2015 v Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Queensland caps: 48
  • Super Rugby caps: 53

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